Above the doors to the Main Library are inscribed the words, "The Hope of Democracy Depends Upon the Diffusion of Information and Knowledge." This accurately sums up the attitude of the founding fathers of our federal states. The basic tenets of our form of government require free and easy access to information concerning the workings of our government. It is very important to understand that this belief is not a universal one. Despite the democratic forms of goverment of and in the European Union, the information cultures from which these governments are formed do not universally subscribe to the same beliefs about freedom of access. This is reflected in the access and use policies that surround European Union publications. That being said, the EU provides some of the most robust government-related web pages available today.
Using the University Library
"My Library Account"
My Library Account enables you to do several things: renew materials you have checked
out, view the status of your requests, check whether you have any fines/fees, and save your
search commands by selecting remembered titles or remembered searches.
What is Interlibrary Loan?
As a research institution, the University Library strives to meet all of your research and scholarship needs. Interlibrary Loan service will borrow materials for you from libraries across the globe. We can help you find books and articles that are not available at the University of Illinois.
What is ILLiad?
ILLiad is a resource managing system that allows you to place Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery requests 24 hours a day. You can track your requests for books, articles and DocExpress, the library's document delivery service. You can even view and download electronically received articles. If you are affiliated with the University, your ILLiad account is set up automatically for you.
Place requests, check statuses and view articles. Do you need login assistance?
A consortia of Illinois libraries that extend borrowing privileges to Illinois affiliates. Search here first before you place an Interlibrary Loan request.
An online union catalog of over 1 billion records representing books, journals, dissertations, audio-visual materials, and manuscripts in repositories worldwide.
A fee based photocopy service for materials owned by the University Library.
Login assistance, turnaround time, special services, contact information, and more.
How will RefWorks benefit me?
- Export records from databases to RefWorks seamlessly-takes the tedium out of reference tracking
- Access your RefWorks personal citation database from anywhere-on campus, at home, or abroad-via the Web
- Insert references directly into MS-Word, using the citation style of your choice, with RefWorks' Write N Cite feature
- All citations in RefWorks have a U of Illinois "Discover" link, allowing you quick access to the e-version of journal articles, and more. More about Discover.
The University Library--in cooperation with CITES--now offers public wireless connectivity for campus visitors. This service is available in the public areas in most Library facilities. The complete list of public wireless locations on campus is available at the CITES UI Public Wireless website. Public wireless is intended for visitors who have no formal affiliation with the University. With a wireless-enabled laptop, visitors can connect to the Internet using a web browser and can send and receive email using an off-campus email server. Information on getting started is available on the CITES UI Public Wireless website. Because UI Public Wireless is NOT recommended for campus affiliates, members of the University community should continue to use their active NetID or UI guest account to connect to UIUCnet Wireless,the fully-functional campus wireless network.
If you have problems using with public wireless: The public wireless service is managed and supported by CITES. You may contact the CITES Help Desk at 244-7000.
Data Services at the University Library
Need help finding or downloading statistical and spatial data? Dawn-Owens Nicholson (Data Archivist, ATLAS) and librarians with a wide range of expertise will be available to help you locate relevant data sets in opinion polls, election studies, social surveys, census, education, and health data and prepare them for analysis in SPSS, SAS, STATA and ArcGIS.
Use these links to the most popular UIUC websites: