Skip to main content

Quick Guide to Library Resources: Getting Books from Schewe Library

Tips on how to access library resources from on or off campus

Getting Books from Schewe Library

You can search for library books using the "Library Catalog" link on our homepage Library catalog link

Once you enter the catalog, use the "All Fields" dropdown to search by useful fields like Title, Author, or Subject.

Once you find the item you want, click on the title to see the detailed record. 

Use the call number to locate the item in the library (we're happy to help with this step if you need it!), or choose the "request item" button to have a library staff member retrieve the item for you and make it available at the front desk within 48 business hours (M-F).

Logging in to Request Physical Items

If you are planning to request a book from the Library Catalog or the I-Share Catalog, the process works best if you log in before you begin your search. You must be an Illinois College Student, Faculty Member, or Staff Member with a Connect 2 logon in order to use these features. If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact us at 217-245-3020.

To Log in, click on either the Library Catalog Icon or the I-Share Catalog Icon I-Share Catalog Icon

Once you click on the icon, there will be a login button in the upper right-hand corner of the page. 

Click this button, and log on using your SSO information. This will bring you to your account page.

The very first time you access this page, you will need to click the "profile' button in the side bar on the right, and then follow the instructions to enter your last name and barcode number (from the back of your IC ID). You can also find your barcode number in the IC app, or on your digital ID on connect2.

Once you have entered this information and submitted it, you are all set and can begin searching for and requesting library books!

Accessing Library E-Books

Sometimes, in searching the Library Catalog or the I-Share catalog, you will come across books that are available in electronic form.

Once you have located the book or video you would like to access, click on the title to enter the item record. Within the record (under "Holdings") will be a link you can use to access the resource. 

Some of our eResources require you to select what institution you are a part of before you can access the resource. If you encounter this screen, choose "Illinois College" from the drop down. The following screen will ask you to log in with your NetID and Password (the same credentials you use for SSO). After you log in, you are now able to access the book! Most books can easily be read online. If you want to download the book, you may be required to download additional software. Be aware that downloads are temporary and expire at the end of the book's checkout period.