Can't find the books you want at Oesterle Library? Don't worry: we can still get them for you. Follow the steps outlined below to have a book sent to you from another library via interlibrary loan. If you have any questions about interlibrary loan, please ask a librarian and we'll help you out.

  • Step One: Doublecheck to make sure Oesterle Library doesn't have the book.

    We won't get you a book from another library if we already have it here at Oesterle Library. So, please make sure to check our holdings using the library's Books page first. If you know the title of the book you're looking for, choose the "Title" search under "Search For Books" and you'll get the best results. See below for an example:

    Image of Title Search for Books

    If a record in CardinalCat, the library's catalog, indicates that a book is "Available," that means the book is on the shelf at the library right now, and you can come check it out anytime you want. If the catalog record indicates that a book is "Checked Out" or "Renewed", the book isn't available right now, and you can go ahead and move on to Step Two below (searching the I-Share catalog).

    If you aren't sure whether or not Oesterle Library has a book, don't hesitate to contact us, and we'll look it up to make sure.

  • Step Two: Search the I-Share catalog.

    If Oesterle Library definitely doesn't have the book you're looking for, your next best bet is to request it from another library via Interlibrary Loan. As a North Central College student, you can borrow books from any of 71 I-Share libraries. Chances are very good that one of those libraries has the book you're looking for. Just place a request using the I-Share catalog, and the book you've requested will be sent to Oesterle library within about 10 working days. When the book comes in, we'll send an email to your North Central email address.

    To request a book using the I-Share catalog, enter the title of the book you're looking for into the I-Share search box and then choose the "Title" search. (Look familiar? This catalog works just the same way as Oesterle Library's catalog, CardinalCat.)

    Image of I-Share Title Search

    Next, click on the record that matches the book you want.

    Search results in I-Share

    Then, after you've clicked on the link for the title you want, look at the top of the record for that title and then click "Request".

    Display of a book record in I-Share

    You'll now be asked to choose your home library (that's North Central College) and to enter your library ID number.

    I-Share login screen

    Your Library Borrower ID is the 14-digit number located near the barcode on your North Central ID card. It should look something like this:

    Front of NCC ID card back of NCC ID card

    Once you're logged in, just follow the on-screen instructions and place your request.

    If you encounter any problems using the I-SHARE catalog, or have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Step Three: Submit an Interlibrary Loan Request Form (ONLY when a book isn't available at Oesterle Library or via I-SHARE)

    If the book you're looking for isn't available at Oesterle Library or from any I-SHARE library, we may be able to request the book from a non-I-Share library.

Don't have time to wait for a book to come via Interlibrary Loan?

Use I-Share libraries in person

You can still visit any of the 71 I-Share libraries in person and check out books using your North Central College ID card. Nearby I-Share libraries include Wheaton College, Aurora University, DePaul University, and University of Illinois-Chicago.

Use the University of Chicago Libraries Cards

NCC students and faculty can borrow one of the University of Chicago Libraries Cards that Oesterle Library has purchased in order to gain access to and/or check out materials from the University of Chicago's libraries.

To check out a card, please come in to the library and ask about the University of Chicago Libraries Cards at the Information Services Desk.

To reserve a card in advance, please call the library at (630) 637-5715.

Use Naperville Public Library

If you're a North Central College student and you live on campus, or if you are a Naperville resident, you can sign up for a library card at Naperville Public Library . Naperville Public's Nichols Library is locaded only a few blocks from the North Central College campus:

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