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I-Share FAQ

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. 

​You don't need to search a separate catalog for I-Share.  It will automatically appear as an option if needed. I-Share does require registration.  

Register for an I-Share account

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?

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*
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.

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