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FAQ: How do I request a book/article we don't have?

Requesting material from another library

When using UW Libraries Search, it is possible that you'll find a book or article that is unavailable. If this happens, you can request the item and obtain access within a matter of days, thanks to our partnerships with other "Summit" libraries around the region, and within libraries around the world!

1. When an item is unavailable in UW Libraries Search, the status will be displayed in the result list with a red or grey icon icon followed by a directive to check the request options.

Unavailable Print Book:

red info icon in UW Catalog to show item not available

Unavailable Journal Article:

Unavailable journal in UW Libraries catalog


2. Click the tab labeled, "Availability & Request Options" and select your desired request option.

Tip: You will be prompted to login with your UW NetID and password to view request options.

Book Request Options:

Availability & Request Options tab with "Request Item" buttons
Tip: Print items will be available to pick up from a UW Libraries location. You will be notified of the item's arrival via email.


Article Request Options:

Availability & Request Options tab with "request an article scan" button
Tip: Article Scan Requests will open an Interlibrary Loan "Article Request" form in a new window. Once the request is processed a PDF of the article will be delivered to the email you provide in the request form.

Learn More

Interlibrary Loan FAQ
Summit Borrowing at UW
Desktop Article Delivery