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Circulation and Interlibrary Loan: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan & Course Reserves

Circulation and Interlibrary Loan

Loan Periods for the Elmhurst College Community

  • Your Jaypass is your library card.
  • Circulating materials owned by the A. C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College may be borrowed for the following periods:
    • Undergraduates: 4 weeks
    • Faculty/Staff: 16 weeks

Requesting Books Owned by Other I-Share Libraries

While a book you want may not be available through the library, a book may be available at another I-Share library. You can request the book in the following fashion:

  1. In I-Share, conduct your search for the desired book searching All I-Share Libraries.
  2. Click Request in the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  3. Click the down arrow to change your Home Library to Elmhurst College. This step is important.
  4. Type in your Library Borrower ID, which is your 14-digit Jaypass barcode number.
  5. Type in your last name.
  6. Click the Login button.
  7. Click the OK button to request the first available copy.
  8. Type in your Library Borrower ID again.
  9. Type in any supply information that you think might be important (for example, the volume number if you just want a particular volume of a set).
  10. Click Submit Request.
  11. You should then get a message letting you know that your request was successful.
  12. Don’t forget to click Logout to exit your account.

Allow 7-10 days on average to receive requested materials.

Requesting Books Not Owned by Other Libraries

When a book you want is not available through any I-Share libraries, you may request the item in one of two ways:

Allow 7-10 days on average to receive requested materials.

Requesting Copies of Articles Not Owned by the Library

Before requesting an article online, you’ll want to check the library’s List of Journals and Magazines Available Online as well as I-Share. Also make sure you click the SFX “Find it!” button the databases for more information about obtaining articles.

When you need an article from a periodical the library does not own, you can request it in one of two ways:

Allow 7-10 days on average to receive requested materials.

Using Your Jaypass at Other Libraries

  • Your Jaypass allows you to borrow from many (but not all) academic libraries in Illinois. Please view Reciprocal Library Privileges for Elmhurst College Students (within this guide), Faculty, and Staff to find out about the I-Share and LIBRAS libraries you can visit.
  • Circulation periods from different institutions may vary.

Getting Help With Interlibrary Loan

If you need assistance with reserve materials, circulation, or interlibrary loan, call or e-mail:

Interlibrary Loan Request Forms

Reciprocal Borrowing Arrangements

Reciprocal Library Privileges for Elmhurst College Students, Faculty, and Staff

Elmhurst College Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with other I-Share libraries, a consortium of which Elmhurst College is a part. As long as you maintain a valid Jaypass you may visit any of these libraries and utilize their resources including checking out books at their location (except the Newberry Library). In addition you may have privileges with some libraries in the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS).

Reciprocal Library Privileges for Visiting Patrons

The following libraries have an agreement with the Elmhurst College library that allows their patrons to borrow books from Elmhurst College. All RAILS card holders high school age and older may check out two books every visit. They must present a valid Library card from their home library and have a registration card on file with us (cards are available at our circulation desk).

Elmhurst College library also has agreements with many college libraries throughout the state that are members of the CARLI consortium and LIBRAS consortium. These patrons simply need to show a valid ID from their institution and be in their home school’s database. There is no limit as to how many books they may check out.

CARLI I-Share Member Libraries:​

LIBRAS Member Libraries: