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Biology: Books from Other Libraries

What do I do if RU doesn't have a book?


If you can't find the book you're looking for in the RU Catalog, you can look in the I-Share Catalog or in WorldCat. Since you can get books more quickly from I-Share, we recommend searching that catalog first.


Interlibrary loan requests can also be submitted through WorldCat, a comprehensive online catalog with 52 million bibliographic records. After searching for the book in WorldCat, click on the ILL icon at the top of the book record, fill out the form, and submit electronically.

If WorldCat indicates Roosevelt owns the book, or the books is owned by one of the I-Share libraries, please request the book through the Roosevelt Book Catalog or the I-Share book catalog.

Note: Books that are held outside the continental United States cannot be requested for interlibrary loan.


CARLI is a system of over 70 college libraries in the state of Illinois, of which Roosevelt University is a member. CARLI maintains a catalog of all the holdings at its member libraries called I-Share.

If you search for an exact title or author in the RU Catalog and find that the book or author is not available in our catalog, you will see the following link:

Repeat search in the I-Share catalog?

Clicking that link will open the I-Share catalog and show whether the book or author is available in the I-Share system.

If you search an exact title or author and find that the Roosevelt library does own the book but it is checked out, repeat your search by typing the name of the author or the title of the book in the search box, but change the drop-down menu that says Local Catalog Only to All I-Share Libraries:

All I-Share Libraries

When you click Find, the I-Share catalog will open and will show whether the book you need is available in another I-Share library. If it is available, you can request to have the book delivered to the Roosevelt University Library location of your choice by clicking the Request This Item link that appears below the book's Status in the Location tab:

Request this item

NOTE: if you do not want to wait for a book to be delivered to the library, check to see if it is available in an I-Share library near you. If so, you can check it out directly from the library using your Roosvelt ID card. Some materials may be restricted, so it is a good idea to check with the library first before visiting. Click Here to view a list of Illinois I-Share libraries.

Looking for more instructions for searching I-Share? You can view a list of video tutorials covering advanced searching techniques in the I-Share and RU catalog by clicking .