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Not Two Ways to Skin a Cat — I-Share v. Illiad

Interlibrary Loan

Trinity has a pretty awesome library. But what happens when Trinity doesn’t have that book, article, media, etc. for which you are looking? Well, as students at Trinity, we have the amazing privilege of having access to thousands of other materials through our two inter-library loan systems, I-Share and ILLiad.

But what are these two systems? And why do we have two? What are the differences between them? How do I know when to use one and not the other?

What are I-Share and ILLiad?


I-Share is a consortium of Illinois academic libraries that lends its collections to any member of a fellow I-Share library. I-Share involves over 75 libraries throughout the state of Illinois. And best of all, it’s free to use!

When ordered, items are delivered to whichever library you select (e.g., Rolfing). When your I-Share book arrives at Rolfing, you will receive an email the next day letting you know. Further, members of an I-Share library can visit any other I-Share library and borrow items onsite.

You can access I-Share through the Rolfing website, or consult our research guide for more information.


ILLiad, which stands for “Inter-Library Loan Internet Accessible Database,” is an inter-library loan system that allows one to borrow books and receive photocopies of periodical articles that are not available at Rolfing but can be obtained from other libraries. Unlike I-Share, which is specific to participating Illinois libraries, ILLiad’s database includes libraries across the country and even throughout the world.

ILLiad is usually free. However, if the item you want is only available from a library that charges a fee, then you will be responsible to pay that borrowing fee.

Like I-Share, when your requested items arrive at Rolfing, you will receive an email. In the case of journal articles, you will receive an email containing the article itself.

You can access ILLiad through the Rolfing website, or navigate to our research guide if you need help.


I-Share and ILLiad services are available to all current students, faculty, and staff of TIU. But — bad news — patrons not currently affiliated with the university (i.e. those with courtesy and visitor accounts) are not eligible to use I-Share and ILLiad services.

When should I use I-Share or ILLiad?


Use I-Share when you are looking to borrow a book but it is not available at Rolfing Library. Simple. 🙂


We should first ask, when shouldn’t one use ILLiad? Think of ILLiad as the last resort. One shouldn’t use ILLiad if the material for which you are looking is available in either Rolfing Library or another I-Share library (in other words, check I-Share first). Consequently, if you submit an ILLiad request for an item that’s currently available in I-Share (i.e. the library owns this item and it is not currently checked out), your request will be denied… Sorry. 😦

In short, you should always start you inter-library loan endeavors with I-Share. If the item is not available in I-Share, then consider submitting a request for the item through ILLiad.

Comparison Chart!




Who Can Request Books or Other Returnable Materials? Any current individual of TIU living near an I-Share library Any current individual of TIU within a 60 mile radius of the Deerfield campus
Who Can Request Articles or Other Copied Materials? N/A Any current individual of TIU
Cost No cost to borrow Free if possible, determined by lending library, patron notified of all charges prior to item being requested
Fines/Fees Patron responsible for lost/replacement fees Patron responsible for lost/replacement fees
Materials Borrowed Books primarily, other materials on a limited basis Books, microfiche, media
Materials Not Borrowed Non-circulating serials Textbooks and/or books required for classes, books available in the TIU library, entertainment
Loan Period 28 days Determined by lending library
Renewals 3 renewals, 28 days each (faculty get 6 renewals, 28 days each) Determined by lending library, 1 renewal max
Patron Account View all materials checked out from TIU or I-Share libraries, request materials from I-Share libraries, renew I-Share materials View materials, request renewals, and place requests through ILLiad account

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March Recommended Reading

As you may have noticed, another set of topics are on display on the recommended reading shelves. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to do some browsing in the foyer. I’d especially recommend taking a look at the larger selection of titles in Professional Ethics. There are some interesting reads there that I had fun picking out this month. As always, if your schedule doesn’t often allow you to visit us here at the library, I also selected several e-books. I’ve identified a few of these that I thought were particularly interesting and posted them below to give you a taste of what is available. Enjoy!

Johannine Studies

Encountering John – Andreas J. Köstenberger
The Revelation of John – James L. Resseguie
Christology and Discipleship in John 17 – Marianus Pale Hera
Retelling Scripture – Ruth Sheridan

Professional Ethics

Bioethics and the Christian Life – David VanDrunen
The Ethics of Research Biobanking – Jan Helge Solbakk (Editor)
Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making – Patricia H. Werhane
Research Ethics – Gary Comstock

Colossian Virtues

After You Believe – N. T. Wright
The Peacemaker – Ken Sande
Defining Love – Thomas Jay Oord
Practicing Our Faith – Dorothy C. Bass (Editor)

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40 Days Before Easter: Celebrating the Lenten Fast

© Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons

© Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons

Editor’s note: this post was composed on Ash Wednesday, March 5 but published a day later.

As you look around today, you may happen to notice individuals walking around campus and the surrounding community with black smudges on their foreheads. And while on other days it might cause some suspicion, today it stands as a visual reminder of the season into which we Christians are headed. Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day (not including Sundays) period preceding Easter. Now, if you’re not from a liturgically-oriented branch of the Church, you may not be completely familiar with this season or just what’s involved with it. (Hey, if you’re like me, you may not be familiar with much of the history even if you are from a liturgically-oriented branch.) So, to appease your hopefully-now-piqued curiosity, let me share with you a little of what I’ve learned.

When did Lent get started?
The origins of the Lenten celebration as we know it aren’t exactly certain — but we do know that it’s extremely old. The first explicit mention of a 40-day period of fasting and prayer that coincided with the Easter season was way back in 325 AD, in the fifth canon of the Council of Nicaea (yes, the same one that developed the Nicene Creed). However, its roots reach back before even that: early church father Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-200 AD) wrote about a time of Easter preparation, but he described a period of only 2-3 days. What is notable, however, is the ecumenical nature of this practice: Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant traditions alike generally affirm the Council of Nicaea as a trusted source of theological orthodoxy.

Why’s it 40 days long?
Like I mentioned before, this preparation period preceding Easter wasn’t always set at this length. Some Christians took 24-48 hours, some took six days, some took three weeks. However, you may be familiar with the fact that the number 40 is an important one in the Bible — the rain pelted down on Noah and his floating menagerie for 40 days and nights; Moses and the Israelites wandered around in the wilderness for 40 years; and Jesus fasted and prayed in the wilderness for 40 days before officially beginning his ministry. It’s with this last point that the good folks at Nicaea hit their theological pay dirt. They figured that imitating Jesus’ 40 days in fasting and prayer could help Christians to better identify with the passion and purpose of Christ.

Why’s it called “Lent”?
In many other languages the term for this period somehow revolves around the idea of forty: Quaresima in Italian, Cuaresma in Spanish, Carême in French, Tessarokonta in Greek. However, there’s nothing that speaks to that idea in English. Instead, our term comes from an Anglo-Saxon word which meant “to lengthen.” As Norman Tanner, a Jesuit priest, describes, “Lent comes at a time when the hours or daytime are ‘lengthening,’ as spring approaches, and so it is a time when we too can ‘lengthen’ spiritually, when we can stretch out and grow in the spirit.”*

© Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons

© Claude Truong-Ngoc/Wikimedia Commons

What’s the purpose of Lent?
A friend recently posted a meme to his Facebook wall: “I believe I’m getting closer to God by spending a few weeks not eating M&Ms.” Admittedly, I got a chuckle out of it — because that’s not what Lent is really about. Again, I tip my hat to Norman Tanner: “Our role during Lent is to cooperate with God’s grace and initiatives, in a sense to relax in the presence of God, rather than to force the pace with our own efforts… Some asceticism is important, of course, but it is essential to place the discipline within its proper and positive context: so that we can receive God’s gifts more fully.”* Lenten disciplines aren’t just about depriving ourselves so that we can somehow “earn” an extra portion of God’s graces; just like any other spiritual discipline, it’s about getting ourselves out of the way so that we can better hear God’s voice and feel God’s presence.

What do people do during Lent?
A lot depends on the religious tradition of the particular person. Catholic and Anglican/Episcopal brothers and sisters traditionally fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and abstain from eating meat on Fridays. Some other Protestants have traditionally given up a thing or practice during this month-and-a-half time span. Others add on a spiritual discipline: longer or more focused devotional time, volunteering time to some ministry, keeping a prayer journal, etc. (Personally, I’d be willing to argue that the act itself isn’t as important as the meaning behind the act — if it draws you to a deeper love and understanding of God, it’s fair game.)

And finally, the big question:

Why is this showing up on a library blog?
Because if you’re interested in devotional resources to help guide your thoughts and prayers during Lent, we can help! Any of the following titles can get you started:

On behalf of the staff here at Rolfing, I pray (whether your tradition practices Lenten disciplines or not) that this time leading up to the celebration of Christ’s resurrection will be a fruitful one for you — that your spirit will be “lengthened” as you grow deeper in your faith and love of the Lord.

*Tanner, Norman, SJ. “A Short History of Lent.” Thinking faith: the online journal of the British Jesuits. Available online at