What is I-Share?

I-Share is a consortium of 80 academic libraries in the state of Illinois that have come together to share resources.  Your I-Share account allows you to tag records in the catalog, mark titles as favorites, check the status of your library account, request items via interlibrary loan, and renew items that are already checked out.

What can I do in the I-Share Catalog?

In the I-Share Catalog, you can...

  • Refine a search by subject, title, topic, language, format, and more
  • Request and renew items from I-Share libraries
  • Create your own username and password
  • Link to electronic full text when available

Why do I need an account?

You need to create an I-Share account to be able to request materials from another I-Share library.

What is my Library ID number/ Borrower ID / barcode?

Your Library ID Number is the 14-digit number found on the back of your BenCard below the barcode (outlined in blue below on the example below). This number will be used to check out items from any I-Share library and to access library resources off campus.

All numbers begin with 2281100 and are followed by your 7 digit "B" Number.  A library ID will look like this: 22811001234567.

image of the back of a BenCard


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Interlibrary Loan

Phone: (630) 829-6056
Email: libill@ben.edu


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Kindlon Hall of Learning
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532 | Map
(630) 829-6050
(877) 575-6050 (toll free)


Charles E. Becker Library
1500 N. Fifth St.
Springfield, IL 62702 | Map
(217) 718-5011


(877) 575-6050 (toll free)