Answered By: Rebecca Sedam
Last Updated: Aug 19, 2019     Views: 258

In a broad sense, I-Share is a system that supports resource sharing between more than 80 Illinois libraries belonging to CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois).  Oakton Library users are most likely to think of I-Share as a vast online catalog with millions of resources.  Here are a few tips to help you make the distinction between performing an Oakton-only catalog search and an I-Share catalog search:

Connect to the Oakton Library Catalog. The default setting will be "Local Catalog Only."  This covers Oakton Library holdings on both campuses.  To expand your search, switch this setting to "All I-Share Libraries." After creating a user account for the Oakton Library Catalog, you can request circulating materials from I-Share Libraries.  At Oakton, you'll hear this referred to as "getting a book through I-Share," "InterLibrary Loan," or "ILL."