USML | Privileges

Feehan Memorial Library & McEssy Theological Resource Center


Circulation Policies and Procedures for USML Community and I-Share Borrowers

USML participates in the I-Share Universal Borrowing program, which gives borroweing privileges to over 80 other research and academic libraries in Illinois to USML students currently enrolled in degree programs, faculty who teach in degree programs, and staff. Holders of valid ID/library cards from other I-Share participating institutions have borrowing privileges at USML.

Library Cards

Please present your valid library card and items to the Staff at the Feehan Library Circulation Desk or use the self-checkout station near the McEssy entrance. If you do not have a card or need a replacement, see the Circulation Supervisor in the Library Public Services office during regular business hours.

Checkouts, Renewals and Returns

USML and I-Share borrowers may check out materials for 28 days, and items may be renewed for an additional 28 days. AV loans limited to 14 days are not renewable. USML borrowers must return all materials borrowed from the University and other libraries at the time of deparrture from USML (e.g., graduation, withdrawal, termination of employment). Failure to return materials will result in fines, charges or replacement of materials, and withholding transcripts.


Reserve materials are designated for either 3 hours or 1 day. Course Reserves are located on shelves behind the Feehan Circulation Desk. Reserve items do not circulate to I-Share users.

Borrowing Items from Other Libraries

To borrow an item from another I-Share Library, log in or create a personal account at the LOGIN page in the USML Catalog. If the book you need is not available at USML, you may find it by repeating your search in the I-Share catalog. Select "All I-Share Libraries" in the dropdown box next to the search box, then click on the desired item in the I-Share catalog. The item will arrive at the Feehan Library Circulation Desk usually within 2-3 business days. You will be notified when it arrives.

USML faculty and degree students may request books not available in the I-Share catalog and periodical titles not available locally through ILL. These requests may be made by email ( or in person at the Public Service Office. In order to expedite your request, please provide as much information as possible; forwarding the citation in an email is preferred. ILL materials take a minimum of 5 business days to arrive. Users from outside the USML community must contact their local library for this service.

Recalls and Overdue Books

If you want an item that has been checked out to another patron, the Library Staff may recall it. You will be notified when the item is available. If you receive a recall notice, you must return the recalled item to the library by the deadline or your borrowing privileges may be suspended. If you have overdue books, your borrowing privileges may be suspended.

ACTS Members

Many ACTS libraries belong to I-Share, so their faculty and students have borrowing privileges at USML. Faculty and students from the Chicago Theological Seminary, Garrett Evangelical School of Theology, Lutheran School of Theology, Meadville/Lombard Theological School, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Seabury Western Theological Seminary will be granted local (i.e., not I-Share) borrowing privileges upon presentation of valid current ID card and an ACTS Borrowers card at the Public Service Office during business hours. Borrowing privileges are valid for a 6-month period, from January 1 through June 30, and July 1 through December 31; and may be renewed upon verification of continuing affiliation with the ACTS school.

Chicago Priests

All priests residing in the Archdiocese of Chicago may receive local borrowing privileges upon presentation of a valid photo ID and document with current contact information at the Public Service Office during business hours. Borrowing privileges are valid for 1 year and may be renewed on request.

Guest Borrowers

Individuals who are not in any of the categories above may request local borrowing privileges by contacting the Library Director (

Non-Circulating Materials

  • The non-circulating Reference Collection is located on the first floor of Feehan.
  • Rare Books, Special Collections, USML theses and dissertations are made available through the Library Director (<M/span>
  • Current issues of Periodicals are shelved in the Current Periodicals room on the Feehan first floor. Bound issues are shelved in alphabetical order on the Feehan first floor and first mezzanine levels. Current issues of newspapers are available in the McEssy first floor gallery.

Access to Electronic Resources

  • Patrons may access all electronic journal indexes and databases while on campus. Off campus access is restricted to USML community.

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