Whether you're new to IIT or someone who hasn't used the library before, these steps will get you up-and-running quickly within the digital library environment.
Create Your Library Account
IIT belongs to the I-Share consortium: a group of more than 70 academic libraries in Illinois with access to more than 32 million items. Creating a library account allows you to have books delivered right to Galvin library (or another branch if that's more convenient for you). It usually takes 2-3 business days to have a book delivered.
You can also use your account to tag favorite items in the catalog so that you can easily find them again later.
Search for items in IIT's catalog.
Search for items in the I-Share catalog.
Create your MyILL Account
IIT subscribes to more than 40,000 online journals, but there may be others that you need access to. You can get copies of those articles delivered to you electronically. You can also request any books not available in the I-share catalog from more than 8,000 libraries around the world. It usually takes 2-3 business days to have a journal article e-mailed to you. Books take longer (more than a week) because they have to be mailed and shipped from outside of Illinois.
Search for items in the WorldCat catalog.
Optimize Google Scholar
When Google Scholar knows you're connected to IIT, it can link you directly to any articles you search for that IIT has in full-text. This lets you use Google's great indexing capabilities to get linked to the more than 40,000 full-text journals that IIT subscribes to.
From your favorite browser, go to the Library Links section of the Google Scholar settings. Add "Illinois Institute of Technology" to the library links section. This will allow Google Scholar to access IIT's databases to locate your article in full-text.
Test your Off-Campus Access
Students, faculty and staff of IIT have access to nearly all of the library's electronic resources when they are off campus.
Student privileges are assigned automatically each semester, but occasionally a problem happens that we need to fix manually. To test your access:
- Go to this form
- Students: enter your student ID (the "A"-number on your ID card) see if you have access. You will either see an error page, or a list of the library's databases.
- Faculty and staff should enter their Banner email and password into the Faculty and Staff Login section.
Note: Only students registered for classes in the current semester will have off-campus access to databases.
When you access library databases from off-campus, make sure you do so through the library website. The links we use provide connection information to the database owner that you are affiliated with IIT. If you were to try and access the IEEE database from off campus and simply went to the ieee.org link, you would not have access to the items there. If you connect through our link, you will.
Library home page
Go to the main library website: library.iit.edu.
Go to the Digital Resources Guide for search tips and more.