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Borrowing FAQ

Do I need a library card? | Who can borrow? | What can I borrow? | How long can I borrow? | More questions?

Do I need a library card?

  • Yes! Your UIS I-Card is your library card. Bring it with you every time you come to the library.
  • All students, faculty, and staff must present their current I-Card to check out materials.
  • Other borrowers (Alumni, Friends of the Library, etc.) must present their current UIS library card to check out materials. (These cards are honored only at UIS.)
  • UIS I-Cards and other library cards are not transferrable.

Who can borrow?

  • Currently registered UIS students, faculty and staff
  • SSU/UIS Alumni - See alumni borrower card form
  • University of Illinois Alumni Association Members
  • University of Illinois Foundation Members
  • Students enrolled in I-Share institutions and in Sangamon Valley Library Consortium (SVALC) institutions

What can I borrow?

All library materials except:

  • periodicals
  • software
  • reference materials
  • some government documents

How long can I borrow?

  • Undergraduate students, alumni, and special borrowers can check out UIS materials for 4 weeks, with 3 renewals.
  • Graduate/doctoral students, faculty, and staff can check out UIS materials for 16 weeks, with 6 renewals.
  • Videos/DVDs circulate to current students and staff for one week with a limit of three items. No renewals: overdue fines are $2.00 per day per item.  Faculty can check out videos/DVDs for one month with three renewals.
  • Flip video cameras and tripod circulate to current UIS students, faculty and staff for one week only (no renewals).
  • Materials from other libraries will have varied loan periods.
  • Recall -- please remember that all items can be recalled by other patrons. If an item is recalled, the loan period will be shortened, and it cannot be renewed.

More questions?

Try the suggestions below:

Borrow from other libraries
Request items be sent to you
Information about your library account
Libraries available to you