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Borrowing and Renewing

How to set up a VuFind online catalog account. Guide to borrowing materials from the Medical Library and other iShare libraries.


Materials may be borrowed from:

  • SIU Medical Library
  • I-Share libraries  libraries throughout the state of Illinois
  • Interlibrary Library Loan (ILL) libraries throughout the United States

Borrowing from the Medical Library

  • SIUSM faculty, staff, students, and residents may borrow library materials by presenting their current identification or appointment cards at the Circulation Desk.
  • Users will be registered in the Medical Library circulation system which will then give them borrowing and renewing privileges from the Medical Library Catalog.
  • Online borrowing is not available from the Medical Library catalog but renewing of materials is allowed.

Type of Material Loan Period
Books 4 weeks
Media (DVDs, videocassettes, audiocassettes, slides) 4 weeks
Journals Library use only
Reference Books Library use only
Reservie Books/Media 4 hours to 3 days
Laptop computers, LCD projectors Determined at time of request


  • Renewals are permitted, if no other user has requested the material.
  • A recall/hold may be placed on circulating materials at a user's request. Materials may be recalled to the Library at any time, usually after the first four-week loan period.
  • It is the responsibility of the borrower to renew materials. This should be done through a personal VuFind account. See VuFind Account Creation.

Searching for Material

Use the Search the Catalog box (pictured below) on the Library's Home page  or use the link to the Library Catalog under the Find menu.

view of the search box on the Library's home page

  • Searches can be done as Keywords, Title, Author, Subject or ISBN/ISSN
  • Materials owned by the Library must be borrowed onsite.
  • Renewals can be done through your VuFind account.

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