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Research Tips and Tools: Books from Other Libraries

Use this guide to help you get started on your research

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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. If the book is available in one of those catalogs, you may be able to request to have it delivered to the RU Library. Since you can get books more quickly from I-Share, we recommend searching that catalog first.

Have a question about finding books that is not answered here? Contact us by IM, email, phone, or in person, or view our Interlibrary Loan FAQs.


I-Share is a system of over 70 college libraries in the state of Illinois, of which Roosevelt University is a member.

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, you will see the following link:

Checked out - Due on ##-##-## Find copies in other I-Share libraries.

Clicking the link will open the I-Share catalog.

When you click one of the above links, 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 button that appears at the top of the book's page in the I-Share catalog:

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 Here.


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.

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