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Shortcut To Book Search In RU Catalog

The VuFind Catalog

The Roosevelt University Library and the I-Share catalog use a catalog interface called VuFind. In order to request books in the RU or I-Share Catalog, you will need to create a free user account.

To create your account, click the green Login button at the top right corner of the screen, and then click Create New Account. Enter in your first and last name, as well as your desired username and password, and type in your Roosevelt ID number (starting with 23311), your last name, and set your I-Share Library to Roosevelt University.

Once you have created your account, you will not need to enter your ID number again - simply log in with your username and password to request books. Your VuFind account also allows you to save books in a Favorites folder, comment on books, and also create RSS feeds so that you can subscribe to a search that you have tried in the catalog.

You will use the same username and password to log into the I-Share catalog. If you have forgotten your username or password, click the Login button, click Forgot Your Password, and enter the email you used when you created your account.

If you have questions about either catalog, be sure to ask a librarian!

Requesting Books Owned By Roosevelt

If you find a book in the RU Catalog that is available at a different campus, you can request to have that book sent to the library location of your choice.

Click the Request Item tab in the middle of the book's page in the catalog, and log in with your VuFind username and password. Click the drop down box next to the words Choose Pick-Up Location and select which library location you would like to visit to pick up the book. After the request has been sent, you will receive an email in your Roosevelt email account to let you know when the book is available to pick up at that location.

Searching the RU Catalog

The quickest option for finding books is to look in the RU Catalog to see if the library owns a copy of the book you need.

  1. Go to the library's home page
  2. Click the keyword box under the words Search RU Catalog
  3. If you know your book's title or author, type it in the box, select title or author from the drop-down list, and click Search.
  4. If you aren't looking for a specific book and simply want to browse either type some keywords in the box and click Search, or type a keyword and select Subject to see a list of subjects.

When you have found a book in the RU Catalog, look at the information in the Location tab, as well as its Call Number and Status:

Location, Call Number & Status example