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HuskieSearch Help: Requesting & Retrieving NIU Materials

Provides helpful tips and hints for using Huskie Search and Library Services.

Finding and Retrieving Materials

NIU faculty, students, and staff are strongly encouraged to search for and request NIU items for check-out and pick-up through HuskieSearch. See below for more information. 

If you need help finding an item, use our Chat with a Librarian service or contact your subject specialist. Also check out the Virtual Browse feature within HuskieSearch that appears at the bottom of each record and allows users to browse nearby items on the shelf.


Questions? Contact the Circulation Desk at 815-753-9844 or

Requesting Materials through HuskieSearch

All requests for NIU materials must be made online through HuskieSearch. NOTE: You must sign in (top right corner of HuskieSearch) with your NIU credentials in order to request items. 

To request an item for pick up, go to the record for the item you want.


Click on the Request from Library link.

Request from Library link

On the Request form, select Northern Illinois University as the Pickup Institution and then select a Pickup Location. 

  • Founders Memorial Library: Circulation Desk, open M-F, 9am-5pm.
  • Library Lockers: Lower level vestibule, available 6am-10pm, 7 days a week.
  • Music Library: Limited hours, M-F
  • Branch LRCs (Rockford or Naperville campuses): Click here for additional info and hours.

Select Pickup Location


Then click Send Request.

Please allow 24 hours for requests to be fulfilled (business days only. Does not include weekends). You will receive an email confirmation when your item is available for pick up.

Requesting an NIU Libraries Item

Retrieving Materials

You will receive an email confirmation when your library materials are ready for pick-up. Please contact with any problems or questions.

For Lower-Level Vestibule Locker Pick-Up

  • Locker pick-up hours are from 6am-10pm, 7 days a week.
  • If your materials are available in the lockers, your notification email will include the locker number and pin number. 
  • To access the lockers, use the stairs to the left of the main library entrance to go to the lower-level, gravel area and enter through the 71North entrance. Lockers are located to the right inside of the entrance. (NOTE: Only one person is allowed in the vestibule at a time. All patrons must wear a mask while in the library). 
  • When you find your locker, enter in the 4-digit pin number and turn the handle to open. Please take your materials and do not leave anything in the lockers.

For Circulation Desk Pick-Up

  • If your materials are available at the Circulation Desk, you may pick-up your item(s) during regular library hours. 
  • Be sure to bring your NIU OneCard or other photo ID.
  • All patrons must wear masks when in the library. 

For Music Library Pick-Up

  • Check the Music Library Subject Guide for hours and more detailed information. 
  • Be sure to bring your NIU OneCard or other photo ID.
  • All patrons must wear masks when in the library. 


For questions about returning or renewing items, contact the Circulation Desk at 815-753-9844 or