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Help for Online/Off-Campus Students: Books/Ebooks

Books and Ebooks

Our library has over two million print books. We also have many, many ebooks.

PRINT BOOKS

To find print books, you can use our catalog.  (For help searching our catalog, see our Finding a Book in the Online Catalog tutorial.) You also have access as an NIU community member to print books in academic libraries throughout the state available through an interlibrary loan system called I-SHARE. If you want to access print books outside of our library, but within the state of Illinois, use our tutorial Requesting Books through I-SHARE. To set-up the necessary account to request this book, see our Create a Catalog or Vu-Find Account.

Once you find the print book you would like, you need to locate it on the shelf using its address or call number. To read a call number, see this Reading Call Numbers tutorial.

EBOOKS

Sometimes you will find ebooks in NIU's catalog. If so, click on the link that takes you to the book. You may need to enter your zid and password. You cannot access ebooks from any I-Share libraries outside of NIU. 

FINDING BOOKS USING CALL NUMBERS

REQUESTING A BOOK THROUGH I-SHARE

CREATING YOUR LIBRARY/I-SHARE/VU-FIND ACCOUNT

This guide provides an overview of how to create your own catalog (VuFind) account and how to use the new login procedures for both NIU account holders (NIU faculty, staff, and students) and non-NIU account holders (Courtesy Card holders, alumni, and retirees). Please follow the link or click on the image above to learn more.

SEARCHING THE CATALOG