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

Short, simple how-to and demos of frequently asked questions about using the Libraries and information resources

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 libraries around the world!

1. When an item is unavailable in UW Libraries Search, the status will be displayed in the result list in an orange text directive to check the request options.

Unavailable Print Book:

Screenshot of the UW Libraries catalog indicating an unavailable book in orange text.

Unavailable Journal Article:

Screenshot of an unavailable journal article.


2. Click Check request options/Check availability 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:

Screenshot of the UW catalog showing request options for an unavailable book.

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:

Screenshot showing how to request an article scan of an unavailable article.

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.