What is I-Share?
Access to the I-Share integrated library system is a free service offered to Rush University Medical Center students, faculty and staff. Rush users can borrow print materials from other academic and institutional libraries in Illinois by placing a request via our online catalog or by visiting an I-Share library. Generally, most I-Share items are lent under the same terms as items borrowed from Rush, but the lending library determines which items can be requested. Materials held in a library's reference collection or other special collections are usually not loaned. The I-Share service is used to borrow physical library materials only; it does not provide access to other institutions electronic resources or e-books, and cannot be used to request scanned journal articles or book chapters.
An I-Share account gives Rush patrons borrowing privileges at 80+ academic and institutional libraries in the state of Illinois. UIC’s Library of the Health Sciences (just around the corner!) is a member, which means you have circulation privileges at that library!
When should I use I-Share (Universal Borrowing System)?
Use I-Share when the Library of Rush University Medical Center does not own, or has already loaned, a book or a media item you require. Items requested through I-Share often take longer to arrive than those requested through Illiad, our inter-library loan system.
What is the difference between I-Share and interlibrary loan?
I-Share includes over 80 other Illinois college and university libraries from which Rush users can borrow materials. All I-Share libraries provide this service free of charge to other member libraries. Electronic materials are not available through I-Share. To request journal articles or specific book chapters, please use interlibrary loan.
According to I-Share policy, registered the Library of Rush University Medical Center users can visit any I-Share library and borrow materials. Users must present a valid Rush ID.
How do I request an item using I-Share?
I-Share items can be requested through the Library's online catalog. Most items will arrive in 2-4 business days.
View our I-Share: Ordering Materials handout.
Can I use I-Share if I am a distance education student?
Distance education students may borrow from any I-Share member library.
Students may have materials sent to another I-Share library for pick up or may visit any I-Share library with their Rush ID. To request electronic journal articles and book chapters, distance students should use ILLiad.
For questions regarding I-Share for distance education students, please contact the Library Services desk at (312) 942-5950.
Which libraries are included in I-Share, and where are they located?
What if I lose an I-Share item?
I-Share privileges will be suspended until the item is replaced or lost item fees are paid to the lending library. Lost I-Share items will also suspend Rush borrowing privileges.
|Books||4 weeks, with 3 renewals||Set by lending library|
|Videos||4 weeks, with 3 renewals||Set by lending library|
*Fines should be paid to the lending library. Rush does not collect fines on behalf of other libraries in the I-Share network.