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I-Share

What is I-Share?

I-Share

Monmouth College's Hewes Library participates in a sharing alliance with over 80 Illinois libraries. Monmouth College affiliates (students, faculty, staff) may borrow materials, for free, from I-Share institutions via their library account. Patrons from outside the immediate Monmouth College community are encouraged to contact their local public library for ILL service. 

Click for I-Share FAQ

How do I sign up to use I-Share?
Use the instructions on this page to CREATE a library account.

What can I borrow from I-Share?
Books, and some multi-media items (at the discretion of the lending library)

I-Share Policies

Monmouth College students, faculty and staff are to abide by the I-Share Resource Sharing Code. In general:

  • Materials may be borrowed for 28 days
  • Renewals: request renewal through your Library Account. Students may request 3 renewals, faculty/staff 6 renewals.
  • Patrons are responsible for any lost, late or replacement fees and must pay fees directly to the lending library as directed.
  • Patron shall remain in good standing in order to utilize I-Share. Privileges are revoked under the following circumstances:
    • $200 maximum fines owed
    • 25 or more overdue I-Share items
    • 2 or more lost I-Share items
    • 10 or more "claims returned" I-Share items

I-Share FAQ

  1. What is I-Share?     I-Share
  2. Who can use I-Share?
  3. What can I request through I-Share?
  4. How do I request an item through I-Share?
  5. How do I log into my I-Share account?
  6. What if I forget my password?
  7. What is my Library Borrower ID?
  8. How long does it take for materials to arrive?
  9. How do I know when the item has arrived?
  10. What does it cost?
  11. When will an I-Share item be due?
  12. Can I renew I-Share materials?
  13. What if I return something late / lose an item / damage an item?
  14. I can't make a request for a book in I-Share. Why am I blocked?
  15. What if I don't find what I am looking for in the Monmouth Library Catalog or the I-Share catalog?
  16. Can I put items obtained via interlibrary loan or I-Share on reserve?
  17. Who do I contact if I have problems with, or questions about, I-Share?

  1. What is I-Share?  I-Share is a consortial sharing alliance of 86 Illinois libraries.  Member libraries share a common library catalog for simple borrowing and lending via a patron's home library account.
  2. Who can use I-Share?  Monmouth College students, faculty and staff with a valid MC ID card.
  3. What can I request through I-Share? Book materials, and the occasional film, music recording or software disc. 
  4. How do I request an item through I-Share? First, sign up for a library account using your MC ID card's barcode. Secondly, search the I-Share catalog for the item you wish to borrow. Click the title if the item, and then select the "Request this item" or the "Request 1st available" tab. A lending library will be selected. Click "Request" button. A screen will appear to notify you that your request was successfully submitted. You may wish to check Your Account page for the status of the item.
  5. How do I log into my I-Share account? Login to your library account, or via links in the Hewes Library catalog or the I-Share catalog.
  6. What if I forget my password? At the library account login screen, select "Forgot your password". A link to reset your password will be emailed.
  7. What is my Library Borrower ID?  The barcode number on your Monmouth College ID card.
  8. How long does it take for materials to arrive? Materials, delivered Monday - Friday, arrive in approximately 3 days.
  9. How do I know when the item has arrived? You will receive an email at 1:15am the next morning after the item has arrived at Monmouth. You may also wish to login to your library account and check the request status, or inquire at the Hewes Library circulation desk.
  10. What does it cost?  This service is FREE!
  11. When will an item be due? Students may circulate I-Share books for 28 days (4 weeks), and may renew the item, through your library account, three times. Faculty/Staff may circulation I-Share books for 28 days with six renewals.
  12. Can I renew materials I borrowed via I-Share? Yes, you many renew an I-Share item at any time, by logging into your library account. While looking at the list of your checked out items, check the "Renew" box by the titles you wish to renew. Click the "Renew Selected Items" button at the bottom of the screen. The new due date will be displayed, and if an item cannot be renewed, a message will display.  Items that are not renewed should be returned by the due date to Hewes Library.
  13. I can't make a request for a book in I-Share. Why am I blocked? Please see the list of blocks above. Contact Hewes Library Access Services for more information: 309-457-2188 during business hours.
  14. What if I return something late / lose an item / damage an item?  Monmouth College patrons are soley repsonsible for lost, damaged or late I-Share items. Fee notices will be communicated from the lending library and fees should be paid directly to that library. Contact Hewes Library Access Services 309-457-2190 if you have questions.
  15. What if I don't find what I am looking for in the Monmouth Library Catalog or the I-Share catalog? Materials may also be requested using our ILLiad interlibrary loan service. ILLiad FAQ
  16. Can I put items obtained via interlibrary loan or I-Share on reserve? No, I-Share items may not be placed on reserve. Faculty should make a purchase request for course reserve materials.
  17. Who do I contact if I have problems with, or questions about, I-Share? Visit the Hewes Library reference desk and speak to a librarian (hours), email reference@monmouthcollege.edu, or call 309-457-2190.

Create a Library Account

Instructions

  • Visit the Create New Account page of the Hewes Library Catalog (pdf instructions below)
  • Enter your personal information:
    • First Name
    • Last Name
    • Monmouth College Email Address
    • Desired Username: We recommend using your Monmouth College Network username.
    • Password: We recommend using your Monmouth College Network password.
    • Borrower ID: This is your 7-digit barcode number located on your Monmouth College ID Card
    • Last Name on your Library Account
    • I-Share Library that you are affiliated with: Monmouth College

create library account screen

Questions? Contact Hewes Library

general contact 309-457-2190 Email a librarian: reference@monmouthcollege.edu Call a librarian: 309-457-2301
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