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Millikin Library Discovery: Requests

Techniques and tips for using Millikin Library Discovery.

Millikin Library Discovery

Requesting Millikin Items

When you have searched and found a Staley Library item that interests you, click on the title. You can now see more information about the item's location; if you are logged in you will see how long you can check it out and you will see an option to Request the item.

an item with the request option highlighted

After clicking Request, you will see a brief form that allows you to select where you want to pick up the item (most likely Millikin University). When you are done, click Send Request. You will see a green message telling you your request has been submitted. 

When the item is available, you will receive an email when the item is ready for pickup at the Library Services Desk in the University Commons. If the item is currently checked out to another patron, a hold will be placed and you will receive an email when the item is available to pickup.

local request form

Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) Requests

If you find an item that interests you and all of the I-Share copies are unavailable or if you are searching the WorldCat Catalog and no I-Share libraries hold the item, you can make an Interlibrary Loan request. Look for the Request through Interlibrary Loan link in the How to get it section of the page after you click on the item's title.

looking at an item with the interlibrary loan link highlighted

Clicking the Request through Interlibrary Loan link will take you to ILLiad (you may need to login with your myMillikin username and password first). All of the item's information should already be in the form and then you can make the request. While Staley Library can borrow items from across the country, keep in mind that requesting through ILLiad is typically a much slower way of getting materials than using I-Share. To learn more about ILLiad please see our interlibrary loan guide (link below).

Requesting I-Share Items

I-Share is a collection of 89 academic libraries across Illinois and a great way to get books and other materials quickly. The best way to find I-Share items to borrow is to select All I-Share Libraries as your search option in Millikin Library Discovery.

I-Share search box

When you find an item that looks interesting, click on the title. In the How to get it section of the page you can see all of the I-Share items that hold the item and if it is available at those institutions. Click I-Share to request the item.

  Notice that at this point you can only tell if the library owns a copy of the book. To see if it is actually available for loan, you will need to click on the library's name for more details.

I-Share request option and library name highlighted in book record

At the request screen you will see the information about the item and you can select where you would like to pick up the item (probably Millikin University, but you can select any other I-Share library if that is more convenient for you). Click the Send Request option when you are ready. A green message will appear letting you know that your request has been submitted. 

request submitted dialog window

You will receive an email when the item is available for pickup (usually in 3-4 business days). If the I-Share system is not able to find an available copy, you may receive a notice that your request was cancelled. (If you are having difficulty requesting a needed item, please call us: 217-424-6214.)

I-Share request screen with pickup location and send request highlighted