Q. How do I locate a book or other item in the library?


Physical items held by the library can be found in the online catalog. Follow these steps:

1. Search for a title, author, or topic in the search bar. 

2. If the book is located in the Galvin Library, ask staff in the Research Help Office for help with finding and checking out the book. You can also consult the comprehensive Finding Books online guide if you would like to find the item yourself.


Screenshot of a catalog search highlighting the link that shows "Available at Galvin Library - Galvin Circulating Collection."


Most books that are located in another university’s library can be sent here for free. Click the Request link to request the item. Books usually take about 3 business days to arrive and you’ll receive an email when your book is ready to pick up.

If the item you need isn't available in Galvin Library or in any of the I-Share libraries, follow these steps to request the item via interlibrary loan. Please note that course textbooks cannot be requested via interlibrary loan.

1. Search for your item using any of the field options, such as the ISBN number or the title. After you enter criteria, click Search.

2. Request the item by clicking on the item's title. You will see a link to “Request Item via Tipasa” within the External Resources section. Click the link and hit the Submit Request button.


Screenshot of the "Request Item via Tipasa" link.


You will receive an email when your item is ready to pick up. Note that items requested through interlibrary loan often have shorter loan periods and have stricter renewal policies than items obtained through I-Share (instructions above), so check there first!

  • Last Updated Mar 29, 2021
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  • Answered By Andrea Jakubas

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