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How long is the LOAN PERIOD if I check out a book?

Student Loan Periods:

Books: 4 weeks
Current Bestsellers: 1 week
Current Periodicals: 1 day
Bound Periodicals: 1 week
Videos: 3 days
Sound Recordings: 1 week

View the full Circulation Policy

The Panther Card is required to check out materials.  Library patrons are charged a monetary fine and/or replacement cost for overdue and lost library materials.


HOW MANY books, DVDs, etc. may I check out from the library? Is there a LIMIT on the number of items I can borrow?
You may check out as many library resources as you need. There is no official limit to the number of items you may borrow.


How do I RENEW things I have checked out?

General Stacks books may be renewed for an additional four weeks. Current print journals may be renewed once, for one additional day.  Items may not be renewed if they have been requested by another patron.  For more information, please view the full Circulation Policy.

You can renew items by telephone at 217-581-6071.  Phone 217-581-6091 to renew media items. You may renew materials online yourself using the My Account feature of the EIU Online Catalog.

You may also renew materials using I-Share. For more information, see this tutorial.

Interlibrary loan books may sometimes be renewed by calling 217-581-6074.


How do I REQUEST materials from OTHER LIBRARIES?
There are two ways to request items from other libraries. The most commonly used method is through the "I-Share" catalog. First you need an account. This one-time process allows you to log in to the catalog using a username and password that you choose. Instructions for creating an I-Share account are available in this tutorial. Create an account now

To request an item, click on the "Request this item" link located directly under the information about each copy, as illustrated below. It works best to request the first or second available copy.


If you need to request journal or magazine articles, or books that are not available in the I-Share catalog, you need to complete an Interlibrary Loan request form for articles or books.

Contact ILL: 
217-581-6066 (fax) 

Frequently Asked Questions about Interlibrary Loan


How much will I be fined for an OVERDUE item? How do I pay library FINES?
Fines for overdue books are 25 cents per day, per item.  Audio-visual materials and periodicals are $1 per day, per item.   Reserve materials accrue at 25 cents for the first hour and 10 cents per hour for each additional hour the library is open.  The maximum fine is $10 per item.

Library fines and fees are billed to EIU student accounts.  For details on payment, visit EIU’s Student Accounts page:

If an item designated as lost is returned, the patron is assessed the fines that have accrued to a maximum of $10 and a $15 processing fee. The minimum fee for a lost book is $50.

For more information or to appeal a fine, see Loan Policies and Fines.


How can I see what I have checked out to MY ACCOUNT?
Log in to My Account from the link in the top left corner of every library web page. If necessary, create a login and password. MyAccount allows you to view a list of library materials checked out to you. You may also use My Account to renew materials. For more information on using My Account, see this tutorial.


How do I get a LIBRARY CARD? Can I get a library card if I am a RESIDENT of ILLINOIS?
Students, faculty, and staff use their Panther Cards to check out library materials.

If you are a resident of Illinois and 18 years of age or older, you may apply for a community borrowers card. Please go to the Community Borrowers page for more information on services available to Illinois residents.
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