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FAQs: My Library Account


How can I see what I have checked out, put on hold, or requested from other libraries?
How can I renew my books online?
How can I look at my grades online?
When I try to log in, I get an error message that reads,"Your library privileges have expired. If you believe this to be in error, please contact the Circulation Desk." What should I do?
I am not receiving any library notices through email (holds, overdues).

How can I see what I have checked out, put on hold, or requested from other libraries?
  • Go to the library home page.
  • Click on "My Library Account."
  • Enter your first name and your last name, with a space between your first name and last name. You may also try using your last or family name only.
  • Enter the 14-digit barcode from your ID card or your University ID number. Do not use spaces or hyphens.
  • Click on "Submit" or press the Enter key. If you experience problems, go to the Log In FAQ.
  • Click on "Items Currently Checked Out," the "Request (hold)" or the "Interlibrary loan request" on the left hand side to navigate through your account.
How can I renew my library materials online?
  • Go to the library home page.
  • Click on "My Library Account."
  • Enter your first name and your last name, with a space between your first name and last name. You may also try using your last or family name only.
  • Enter the 14-digit barcode from your ID card or your University ID number. Do not use spaces or hyphens.
  • Click on "Submit" or press the Enter key. If you experience problems, go to the Log In FAQ.
  • Click on "Items Currently Checked Out" to see what you have.
  • Click on "Renew All" or "Renew Selected Items." If you click on "Renew Selected Items," select the items you wish to renew.
  • Overdue items may be renewed online, but you will owe any accumulated fines.
  • You may not renew items on hold or items that have reached their number of renewals. You must return these items as soon as possible. If these items become overdue, you will owe accumulated fines.
How can I look at my grades online?
  • Go to the Alliant Portal Page. Under Quicklinks, click on "Course Registrations, Locations & Grades."
  • Choose either the "For students" or "For faculty" button.
  • If you are a student, enter your ID number as your User Name, and your birth month and birth year for your password. For the birth month, use 1 digit for the months 1-9. For the birth year, use only the last two digits.
  • If you are a faculty member, use your CARS user name for your name.
When I try to log in, I get an error message that reads,"Your library privileges have expired. If you believe this to be in error, please contact the Circulation Desk." What should I do?
  • Contact your home library to update your personal information and extend your library card. Library cards typically expire in June. However, if you have indicated that you will be graduating or leaving the university, the expiration date may reflect that date.

I am not receiving any library notices through email (pickup notices, overdues).
  • First check your email address by logging into "My Library Account".
  • You can correct or change your email address by clicking on the "Modify Personal Info" button.
  • Once you have verified that your email account is correct, make sure your Spam blocker is turned off and that you check your spam or junk mail folder. If the library notices are going there, add the email notice address to your accept or safe list.
  • You may also want to add an additional email account to your records a precaution. Add your email in this format: "student@alliant.edu,patron@yahoo.com" Use just a coma with no spaces between the email addresses.

Updated 11/9/2010 md