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Requesting physical materials through the online catalog is easier than ever with the new "Request this item" button. The University Libraries' new request feature streamlines requests, recalls, and interlibrary loans (ILL).
How Does it Work?
To request an item online, after locating the item in the online catalog, simply click the "All Items" button under "Availability" and you will be directed to the status page of the item. Click the "Request this item" button on the right side of the page. You will be directed to sign in with your NetID and password (or the barcode/password for courtesy borrowers). After signing in, you will be given the option to choose your preferred pickup location (University Library, Science, or Dewey).
Note that the "Request this Item" link will only appear for items that the libraries allow to circulate, and will not show for others, such as reference materials. Also, keep in mind that the "request item" feature combines the old recall and UA Delivery services - if you use the "Request this item" feature, and the title is available and on the shelf, it will be retrieved and sent to your pickup location right away. If the item is currently checked out, a recall will be placed on it instead. This means that the current borrower will receive a recall notice indicating that the item must be returned within fourteen days. When the book is returned, you will be notified that you can come pick it up at the library you chose. Finally, if staff are unable to locate an item for some reason, a copy will be requested through ILL on your behalf.
Need Additional Assistance?
As always, the Circulation Desk at each of the University Libraries are available to assist with any questions relating to requests:
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