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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. 

To omit these inaccessible results, check the Hide eResources to which I don't have access box located on the Narrow Search menu:

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