How do I place an I-Share request?

 1. What is I-Share?
 2. Who can use I-Share?
 3. What can I use I-Share for?
 4. How do I create my I-Share account?
 5. How do I log into my I-Share account?
 6. What if I forget my password?
 7. How do I request an item through I-Share?
 8. How will I know when the item has arrived?
 9. What does it cost?
10. When will an item be due?
11. Can I renew materials I borrowed via I-Share?
12. I can't make a request for a book: why am I blocked from using I-Share?
13. What if I don’t find what I am looking for in the JKM Library or the I-Share catalog?
 

 

 


 

What is I-Share?

I-Share is the online catalog for the JKM Library and 85 other member libraries of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI),  and contains over 12 million unique bibliographic records. Current Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary students, faculty and staff can borrow materials (remotely or in person) from other member libraries using a valid JKM Library barcode. A complete list of I-Share libraries is available here.
 

Who can use I-Share?

Current students, faculty and staff of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and McCormick Theological Seminary with a valid JKM Library barcode may borrow via I-Share, either through the catalog or in person at the member libraries. Patrons with library circulation blocks may be prevented from borrowing I-Share materials and should contact the circulation desk (773.256.0739 or jkmcirculation@jkmlibrary.org) for more information.

 

What can I use I-Share for?

I-Share can assist you with your library research in two ways:

  1. you can request books owned by the other 85 I-Share libraries and have them delivered via a courier service for pickup at JKM; and,
  2. you can visit any I-Share library and borrow books in person.

Some I-Share libraries may decline to lend audiovisual materials, curriculum, etc. Licensing restrictions of publishers prohibit the borrowing of e-books. Copies of journal articles should be requested through the databases to which JKM subscribes: ATLA RDB, Old Testament Abstracts, New Testament Abstracts, Academic Search Premier, etc.

 

How do I create my I-Share account?

Instructions are available here.
 

How do I log into my I-Share account?

Your JKM Library account and I-Share account are one and the same, and you can log in here. The materials you requested and the materials you have borrowed are listed in your JKM Library account.

 
What if I forget my password?

On the I-Share login page there is a Forgot Your Password? link. Click this link and provide the email address you used to create your I-Share account. The system will send you an email containing a link that will log you on to your account with a temporary password and take you to the page on which you can reset your password. (To be reminded what your username is you can click on the User Account tab on the right side of the page.) Library staff does not have access to your I-Share username and password.

How do I request an item through I-Share?

The JKM/I-Share catalog is located in the upper-right-hand corner of the JKM website. Note that JKM holdings is the default search. Search JKM's holdings — using the Title, Any word, Author, Subject and ISBN/ISSN indexes — to determine if JKM has the item you're searching for:

If JKM does not have the item you're searching for, or if it's checked out, lost, damaged, etc. toggle to the All I-Share libraries option and search for the item.

If the item is held by any of the I-Share libraries, the short record for the item will appear:

Click on the title of the item to display the full record.

Click on the Request 1st available tab on the right.

The Login screen will appear (or, if you're already logged in, skip to the next step). Log into the catalog using the username and password which you've created.

To confirm the request for pickup at the JKM Library Trust, click Request (you also have the option of selecting another library at which you can pick up this item).

The message 'Request submitted. Check Your Account: Requested Items for status.' will confirm your request. You'll be notified by email when it's available.

 

How will I know when the item has arrived?

An email is generated in the early morning hours on the day after the item has been received, and sent to the email address you used when you registered for your JKM Library account. You may check the status of your request by logging into your account, and clicking on Requested Items on the right.

What does it cost?

The I-Share resource sharing service is free.

 
When will an item be due?

Note that your I-Share privileges may be different — depending upon your academic status — than your JKM privileges. I-Share items circulate for 28 days (the sole exception being audiovisual materials, which circulate for 14 days, with no renewals). Faculty are allowed six renewals, while current students and staff are allowed three renewals. You may check due dates in your library account. Log into your account, and click on Checked out items. Note also that all I-Share items are subject to recall.

Can I renew materials I borrowed via I-Share?

To renew I-Share items, log into your JKM Library account, and click on Checked out items. Select the items to renew, click the Renew Selected Items button, and the due date will either immediately update or you will immediately be notified that the item cannot be renewed. Faculty and staff are allowed six renewals, while students are allowed three renewals. Audiovisual materials cannot be renewed.

 

I can't make a request for a book: why am I blocked from using I-Share?

You may be prevented from placing an I-Share request or from renewing materials if your account has been blocked or if your privileges have expired. A block is placed on your account when you have reached one or more limits in your borrowing privileges (e.g.: overdue fines, replacement costs, etc.). JKM Library cannot accept payment for fines/fees owed to another I-Share library.

 
What if I don’t find what I am looking for in the JKM Library or the I-Share catalog?

You may request the item via WorldCat, and JKM staff will request it from a much larger pool of libraries via interlibrary loan.

Questions about locating materials? write us at infocommons@jkmlibrary.org. Questions about your JKM Library/I-Share account? write us at jkmcirculation@jkmlibrary.org