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About Books

Why for finding broad, more comprehensive information on your topic
Where   books can be found by searching UW Libraries Search. They can be print and electronic. Print books are located on the first (A-G & Children's/YA) and second (H-Z) floors in the Tioga Library Building; online books are accessed through UW Libraries Search.
How type in your title or keywords related to your topic in the library catalog

UW Libraries Search with Tips


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Tips for Searching:

Once you've run a search, use the "Refine My Results" options on the left side of the page.  It's a quick way to drill down to the most useful results without paging through a lot of items you're not really interested inOptions often include:

  • Resource type (examples: book, article)
  • Library (example: UW Tacoma)
  • Creation date
  • Language
  • Topic
  • Classification LCC (Library of Congress call numbers)


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Getting Your Book

1. Type your title or topic into UW Libraries Search.


2. If UW Tacoma Library does not own the book, click Availability & Request Options and choose the request options provided.



3. You will receive an email to your UW account when the items is ready to be picked-up at the Service Desk (library circulation) in the Tioga Library Building.

  • Holds for UW materials can take 3-5 days to process and will remain available for 7 days.


NOTE: Request options are different depending on the location of the resource and resource type.

All books in the UW Tacoma Library Stacks are located in the Tioga Library Building. 

To retrieve the book, find the call number and write it down.

  • Call numbers beginning with A-G are located on the first floor of the Tioga Library Building. (See map below)
  • H-Z are located on the second floor of the Tioga Library Building. (See map below)

Tioga Building: First Floor


Tioga Building: Second Floor

1. Click Use the Library and choose Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Service from the dropdown menu on the UW Tacoma Library home page.

2. Click the Your ILL Account and enter your NetId and password.

3. Click a New Request option based on the type of resource you need.

Interlibrary Loan, New Requests

NOTE: To request a journal article, click on Request a Scan.

4. Fill in all required fields for your request.

5. Click Submit Request.

NOTE: You will receive an email with a link to your requested materials when they are available.

1. Search for a book in UW Libraries Search as you would search for a print book.

2. On the left side of the results page, find the Resource Type box and refine your results by selecting Ebooks. Click the green Apply Filters button at the bottom of the page. By doing this, your results will include only ebooks.