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Introduction to Research at the NEIU Libraries

Your Library Account

Log in to your library account using your NEIU user ID and password - the same username you use with NEIUport and campus email.  Then you can use your library account to:

  • Renew your books online

  • Create and save lists of materials to your e-Shelf

  • Request books to be put on hold or delivered to your nearest campus library


What is the Library Search Box Searching?

The NEIU Libraries Search box allows you to find and access books, articles, streaming media, and more through a single search box.


Please note that there are many ways to search for and find online resources such as journal articles, e-books, and streaming media. The Library Catalog is not a comprehensive search of all library resources, but it is the most effective way to explore multiple library resources from a single interface.

Requesting Materials for Low-contact Pickup

Requesting Materials for Low-contact Pickup

The NEIU Libraries will be offering Low-contact Pickup.  You must use the library website to initiate a request.

Requesting an Item Owned by the NEIU Libraries

Low-contact Pickup is available for materials owned by the NEIU Libraries.  You can find the location of the item you're viewing under the title, author, and publication date listed at the top of the record.  Example: the book in the photo below is "Available at Main Library Book Shelves."  This means it is owned by the NEIU Libraries and is located at the Main Campus Library location.

For best results, Sign In to see the request options available to you.  Click the Sign in link on the yellow bar to log in using your NEIU NetId (same as NEIUport, D2L, and Nmail).

Note: If the location says "Check for available services" the item is not owned by the NEIU Libraries.  These materials must be requested through I-Share.  Please scroll down and read the instructions in the Requesting an Item Through I-Share section.

Once you've logged in, you will see request options in the Get It section.  Click on the link that says "Request for Low-contact Pickup" to initiate your request.

Example showing Request for Low-contact Pickup

Select the appropriate options from the dropdown menus.  

  • Pickup Institution: Northeastern Illinois University (NEI) - Chicago,IL  (found at the bottom of the list)
  • Pickup Location: Main Library, El Centro, or CCICS

Click the button that says "Send Request" to submit your request.  Allow at least 3 days for items owned by NEIU.


Requesting an Item Through I-Share

I-Share Pickup is available for materials owned by libraries other than NEIU.  These items will not have a location displayed under the title, author, and publication date listed at the top of the record.  Example: the book in the photo below says "Check for available services."  This means that the book is not owned by the NEIU Libraries, therefore it must be requested via I-Share.  

In order to see the request options available to you, you must be signed in.  Click the Sign in link on the yellow bar to log in using your NEIU NetId (same as NEIUport, D2L, and Nmail).

Once you've signed in, click on "Borrow 1st Available Through I-Share" link in the How to Get It section.

A request form will load.  The required fields should be filled out, but you have the option to add additional information to your request.  For example, you could request a specific edition of a book by checking the "Specific edition" checkbox and entering the publication year into the Edition field.  

When the information on the form is correct, click the "Send Request" button at the bottom of the form.

Allow at least 7-10 days for items through I-Share.

Copying and Saving Links

Saving the website address in your browser may not work if you're trying to get back to an item later.  If you'd like to save the link to get to a particular item on the NEIU Libraries website at a later date, be sure to use the "Page Link" tool under the "Save for Later" section of the item's record.  See the image below for more information:

Using E-Shelf

Save Items to Your e-Shelf

Use your e-Shelf to save or "pin" your favorite items from the catalog for later reference.

(Note: You must be signed into your library account to perform this action)

Once you've pinned an item, you'll notice the  icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen briefly turns red.

To access and manage your "favorite" items, click the pin icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.  Here, you can add or remove items at your leisure, or sort them into groups by adding your own customized labels. 

Mange your Loans and Requests

Manage your Loans and Requests

Go to the tab for "My Account" and choose "Loans" from the menu on the left to view the list of books you have checked out. Check the box next to each book you'd like to renew and hit "Renew Selected."