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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

If you find an item in UW Libraries Search that is unavailable, you can request it thanks to our partnerships with Summit libraries in the region and other 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 and Check availability

3. 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 placed on hold for you at a UW Libraries location when available. You will be notified by email when the item is ready for pickup.


Article Request Options:

Screenshot showing how to request an article

Tip: the "Request Article" button opens another window where it will try to provide the article in one of three methods. Follow the steps to view or request the PDF. See details on What does the “Request Article” button mean?