Services For Students


Lewis students, alumni, faculty, and staff may borrow print books and materials from the Lewis Library general collection. Lewis students, faculty, and staff may also borrow print materials from the 82 I-Share libraries. An I-Share account is required for borrowing.

Borrowing Privileges
A Lewis University photo ID with a barcode is required for all students, staff, and faculty in order to borrow materials from the Lewis Library. Lewis photo ID must be presented each time materials are checked out. Alumni may obtain a library card from the Circulation Desk. Alumni will be asked for a photo ID and proof of graduation.

Lewis University materials may be renewed online through the I-Share account, or at the Circulation Desk or by phoning (815) 836-5300 if the materials are not overdue. Once materials are overdue, there is no renewal.

Fines and Fees for Print Materials
There will be a $.10 per day charge for each print book that is overdue. When library material is lost or destroyed there will be a $40.00 processing fee assessed for each item in addition to the cost of the item charged. The ID holder will be notified of these fines and fees. Failure to clear overdue fines will result in a charge added to student accounts through the Business Office.

Fines and Fees for Fly-By Video Collection
There will be a fine of $2.00 per day, per video/DVD that is overdue. These fines will not be forgiven and will be billed through the Lewis University Business Office. For any DVDs lost or destroyed, there will be a $40.00 processing fee charged, in addition to the replacement cost of the DVD. Outstanding fine amounts of $5.00 or more will block all borrowing until the outstanding amount is settled.

Problem Status
Borrowing privileges will cease if library materials are not returned on time. At least THREE notices will be sent to the Lewis University email before identification as a problem user patron and notification will be sent. This status will be cleared when all library materials are returned and fines/fees are paid.

Reserve Materials
Students may obtain materials that faculty have placed on Resesrve at the Circulation Desk. A Lewis photo ID will be required to borrow these materials. Students will need to know the teacher's name, the class name, and the article or assignment name. Most Reserve items are classified for 2 hour use, in library use only.

The primary duties of the Reference and Research Librarians at Lewis University are to provide personalized assistance to students, whether in person, by phone or e-mail. The Reference and Research Librarians will be happy to advise students in how best to fully use the Library’s resources. Reference and Research Librarians are on duty whenever the Library is open and can be contacted at (815) 836-5306 or by email at Ask a Reference Librarian.

Faxes may be sent for a fee of $1.00 per page. These may be brought to the Circulation Desk for processing. It is recommended that the name of recipient, fax number, and voice number are provided, in case of an error in sending the document.

Scanners are used for all copying. The scanned material can be saved to a flash drive, or can be sent directly to the printers for printing, or can be sent as an attachment directly to Gmail, or can be sent directly to Google docs. There is no charge for using the scanner, however there is a $.10 per page charge for black and white printing.

The library provides computers for use by students during library hours. In addition to general use computers there is a computer lab in the library, and other computers labs available on campus. Please remember to bring a flash drive/thumb drive, for saving your files.

Group Study Rooms
Study rooms are available from the time the Library opens until one half-hour before closing time. The study rooms are intended for the use of current Lewis students for academic purposes only. Groups can check out or reserve the study rooms for up to three hours per day. Reservations made be made online or by calling the Circulation Desk at 815-836-5300. Keys for the group study rooms may be checked out at the Circulation Desk. A Lewis University photo ID is required in order to check out a study room key.