"Do-it-yourself" Interlibrary Loan in 5 simple steps! BorrowItNow

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"Do-it-yourself" Interlibrary Loan in 5 simple steps! BorrowItNow

Search & Request books and other items from the 33 member libraries of Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA).

1) Search

Search using the BorrowItNow search box. Find link to search box on the e-Library in paragraph located directly under Quick Search Box.

2) Select

Review items retrieved, select the item you want. Items owned by the Iowa State University Library will be noted.  A link will connect you to the Library’s record so you can retrieve the material yourself.

3) Request

Click on the “Request” button. This will move the request into the Library’s interlibrary loan software, ILLiad.

4) Log in

Log in with your personal username and password. The bibliographic information will populate the loan form. New users need to set up an account by filling out the appropriate form online.

5) Order

Click on the order button. Monitor the status of the request within your personal account. You will receive an email when the item is ready to pick up at the Circulation Desk.

Note: This is not a service for requesting copies of journal articles or book chapters. It is designed for requesting materials that are borrowed and then returned to the lending library (i.e. physical items like books and other items). The service supports academic research and classroom activities. It is not for requesting recreational materials, such as popular movies on DVD and music CDs.

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