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Finding and Using Books from Galvin Library: 5. Getting books that IIT does not have

What to do if IIT doesn't have a book

Can't find the book you want in the IIT Library Catalog?  Don't fret!  There are two other catalogs we can use to find you a copy.

First, try looking in the I-Share Catalog.  I-Share displays all the information about the books from 90 other universities that we can borrow from.  I-Share functions in the same way as IIT Library Catalog, so you do not have to learn a new search method. 

If you find what you need, click on the Request link to have a copy sent to the Galvin library.

If none of the I-Share libraries have an available copy, try searching WorldCat.  WorldCat searches thousands of libraries across the United States. 

  • Search WorldCat (requires your HawkCard A number)
  • Please note that WorldCat cannot be used to request textbooks.  See our textbook policy here. 
  • Also note that the borrowing period is typically shorter for items obtained through WorldCat than from I-Share. So, check I-Share first!

For more information on all three catalogs, click here.

Why can't I read eBooks I found in I-Share or WorldCat?

You'll likely come across eBooks or other online resources owned by other institutions in the I-Share or WorldCat catalog. Unfortunately, due to licensing restrictions, only current students, staff, and faculty at the university that owns the item can view them. 

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