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COVID-19 - Buehler Library Response

The AC Buehler Virtual Library is open! Our building may be closed but we are still answering your questions! 

Summer online hours: June 8-August 1, M-F 10am-4pm, chat service and email available. 

The A.C. Buehler Library is open for contact-free curbside pickup of library materials weekdays (M-F) from 11am – 1pm. For information on how to request & pick up library materials visit COVID-19 Curbside. 

Library faculty and staff will continue to support our Elmhurst University community throughout this time. We will continue to assess students’ library needs and will respond accordingly. Academic support from the Library faculty and staff will still be available through our online, virtual resources

  • Chat with a librarian on the library website (it's in the bottom left corner of this page) during our virtual summer hours, Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm
  • You can always reach out to your liaison librarian
  • You can also email the Reference Desk at with questions, we will respond as soon as we are able. 
  • If you have borrowed any materials from the A.C Buehler Library, other I-Share libraries or the Elmhurst Public Library, and will be on campus in the near future, you may return all materials to the Office of Campus Security. 
  • You can still interlibrary loan electronic articles and we will do our best to fill your requests.

You can also check out these resources:

Please familiarize yourself with updates from Elmhurst University's Official COVID-19 Updates page.

Circulation and Interlibrary Loan

Loan Periods for the Elmhurst University Community

  • Your Jaypass is your library card.
  • Circulating materials owned by the A. C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst University 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 the Request 1st Available tab on the book record.
  3. If you already have requested a book through I-Share, enter your username and password and click Login.
    1. If this is your first time requesting a book through I-Share, click Create New Account.
      • Fill in the form, selecting a username and password of your choosing. Your Borrower ID (library barcode) is a 14 digit number on either the front or back of your Jaypass. The number begins 22311. Then click Submit.
  4. I-Share will select a library with an available copy. Confirm that the pickup library and pickup location are set to Elmhurst.
  5. Click Submit.
  6. You should then get a message letting you know that your request was successful.
  7. Don’t forget to click Log Out (upper right corner of screen) 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 by completing our online interlibrary loan form for books.

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 Publication Finder as well as I-Share. Also, make sure you click the “Find it at EC” button available in the databases for more information about obtaining articles.

When you need an article from a periodical the library does not own, you may request it by completing our online interlibrary loan form for articles.

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 Borrowing Arrangements (within this guide) 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 University Students, Faculty, and Staff

Elmhurst University Library has reciprocal borrowing agreements with other I-Share libraries, a consortium of which Elmhurst University 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 University library that allows their patrons to borrow books from Elmhurst University. 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 University 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: