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Borrowing

Frequently Asked Questions about I-Share

What is I-Share?

Access to the I-Share 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. Textbooks, materials held in a library's reference or reserve collections or other special collections are usually not requestable. The I-Share service is used to borrow physical materials only; it does not provide access to other institutions' electronic resources or e-books, and cannot be used to request journal articles or book chapters (for journal articles or book chapters,, use ILLiad, Rush's interlibrary loan service).

When should I request an item through I-Share?

Place an I-Share request when the Library of Rush University Medical Center does not own the item you're searching for (or the item is already loaned to another patron).

What is the difference between I-Share and interlibrary loan (ILLiad)?

The I-Share network includes one hundred other Illinois academic and institutional libraries from which Rush users can borrow materials. All I-Share libraries provide this service free of charge. For licensing reasons, online materials like e-journals and e-books cannot be borrowed through I-Share. To request journal articles or book chapters, please use ILLiad, Rush's interlibrary loan service.

According to I-Share policy, registered borrowers can visit any I-Share library and borrow materials. Contact any I-Share library before visiting in person for details on their access policies and procedures, and be sure to bring your Rush employee or student 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 3-5 business days.

Can I use I-Share if I am a distance education student?

Distance education students in the state of Illinois (or able to travel to Illinois) may borrow from any I-Share member library. Borrowers may have materials from any I-Share library (including Rush) sent to any other I-Share library for pick up, or may visit and borrow in person from any I-Share library with their Rush ID. To request electronic journal articles and book chapters, distance students may place requests via ILLiad, Rush's interlibrary loan service.

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?

Complete list of I-Share libraries

Map of I-Share libraries

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.

I-Share Borrowing Periods

Items Loan Periods Fines and fees*
Books 4 weeks, with 3 renewals I-Share libraries do not charge late fees. Fines for loss and damage set by lending library.
Other items 4 weeks, with 3 renewals I-Share libraries do not charge late fees. Fines for loss and damage 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.

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