Frequently Asked Questions

Find what you need in our searchable FAQ.

Does the library have my textbooks?


We know textbooks can be expensive! Starting in early 2017, the Library began using Library Fee money towards the purchase of some textbooks.

  1. See if your instructor put the textbook on reserve
    Go to the library homepage and click on the Course Reserves link. Search by class number, instructor’s name, or department. To check out a book on reserve, visit the Circulation desk on the library’s 1st floor. Most books on reserve check out for 2 hours.
  2. Search I-Share
    If you didn’t find the book on reserve, search I-Share, a network of over 80 academic libraries in Illinois. Click on the I-Share link on the library homepage. Search for the title of the book you are looking for in quotations. To request a book you’ll need to create an I-Share account.

    WARNING: When you are searching for the book on the library website you may see the option “Borrow through WorldShare.” Due to loan restrictions and long wait times, we recommend you do NOT use WorldShare for textbooks.
  3. Buy or rent it
    The NEIU Bookstore carries the textbooks for NEIU classes, and you may have the option to buy a used book or rent it at a reduced price. Websites, such as and, also have used and rental textbooks at reduced prices.