Frequently Asked Questions

How do I log in to the Library to access online resources?

To access Library databases, ILLiad, or eReserves, log in using your BU Login if prompted to do so. Your BU Login is the same username and password that you use to access MyBenU and your Benedictine University email account. 

Note for Engage users: Your Engage account is separate from your BU Login account, so your passwords may be different.

What is my Library ID number?

Your library ID number is the 14 digit number located under the barcode on the back of your BenCard.  It begins with 2281100 and ends with your 7 digit b-number. You will need this number when you sign up for an I-Share account.

See our Library Toolbox for more.

How do I find books and eBooks?

See our Research Guide on Books and e-Books.

How do I renew materials I have checked out?

You may log in and renew items from Benedictine and other I-Share libraries in I-Share. You can also call the Circulation Desk at (630) 829-6050 to renew materials you've checked out.

How do I find journal articles?

See our Research Guide on Search Techniques.

What is the "Find Full Text" icon for?

The Find Full Text icon allows you to search for the full text of an article when it is not available in the electronic resource you are using.  Clicking on the icon executes a search across all of our resources and returns a status of unavailable or available, and helps you request the item via interlibrary loan or links you to the item in another resource.

What is a primary source?

See our Research Guide on Primary Sources.

How do I know my resource is authoritative?

See our Research Guide on Critical Evaluation of Resources.

Where can I find statistics or government/state documents/information?

See our Research Guides on Government Documents and Statistics Sources.

How do I create a bibliography/cite my sources?

See our Research Guide on Citation Guides & Style Manuals.

What is RefWorks?  How do I use it?

RefWorks is a Web-based citation manager that keeps track of all the sources you are using for your papers and projects. It can also automatically generate bibliographies in a variety of bibliographic formats (APA, MLA, University of Chicago, etc.).

See our Research Guide on RefWorks for more information.

How do I request materials from other institutions (interlibrary loan)?

See our Research Guide on Interlibrary Loan.

How do I reserve a study room?

Students working in groups on our Lisle campus may reserve study rooms a minimum of three hours in advance by visiting or calling the Circulation Desk at (630) 829-6050. Study rooms may be reserved for four hours at a time. Study rooms may not be reserved for individual use. Any room not claimed within 15 minutes of the reservation or left unattended for more than fifteen minutes will become available on a first-come, first-served basis. Consecutive weekly reservations may be made four weeks at a time.

How do I apply for a job at the library?

The library routinely hires student workers at the beginning of the Fall and Spring undergraduate semesters. Positions occasionally open during other times of the year. All open positions are posted on the Benedictine University Employee Services' web site.

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