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Faculty Services Guide: Locating and Requesting Books

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This page provides instructions for locating and requesting books from other Loyola libraries and from other libraries outside Loyola. In addition, there is a link to the Library's most recent new books list and information on how to request a book for purchase through the Library.

If you need assistance locating or requesting a book via interlibrary loan, don't hesitate to contact your library liaison. You may also contact the reference desk at ext. 5-7205 or by e-mail

Locating, Requesting and Renewing Books at Loyola

The LUC Library Catalog is where you'll find a record of every book, e-book, set of books, and journal (by title) in LUC libraries.  The Library Catalog also provides access to many but not all titles that LUC provides access to via subscription databases. 

If you are looking to see if Loyola has a particular book, the best way to search is to go to the advanced search screen, then choose title from the first-dropdon box and enter the book title (or pertinent keywords).  Make sure that you are searching under the "Books, Articles & more"  tab to ensure that you search all LUC libraries and electronic titles.

The Catalog includes a record of titles from all of Loyola's campuses.  An item record will tell you the call number, which library or libraries owns the book and whether or not the book is checked out.  If the book is located in another library, you can "request" the book and have it delivered to the Law Library. You'll receive an e-mail alert when the Law Library has received the book.

If you wish to renew a book or see what books you have checked out from Loyola, you my do so through the 'my account' link located in the upper right-hand corner of the Library Catalog homepage. Use your LUC username and password to access.


Library Catalog Search Box


Advanced Search

Locating and Requesting Books from Other Libraries

If a book is not owned by LUC Libraries, then your next step is to search for the book via WorldCat, a catalog of books and materials worldwide.  WorldCat will help you in two ways: first, it will provide accurate citation information if that is an issue; second, it will identify which libraries own the book.  Once you know which libraries own a book, you may order a copy of the book via ILLiad (interlibrary loan).

To request a book via interlibrary loan from WorldCat, click on the hyperlink to the book's title.  This will bring you to the book’s item page. Once there, scroll down and  click on “Request from another library”. This link will take you to ILLiad’s login page. Login with your LUC username and password and you will find that a request form is generated for you.  Ensure that all of the information is correct before submitting your request.

You can order a book directly through ILLiad directly If you know the ISBN number for a particular book, or if you know the exact title, author and edition.  The ISBN number is a unique identifier for a book, so that is the best information to have.

As always, if you need assistance locating or requesting a book via interlibrary loan, contact your library liaison. You may also contact the reference desk at ext. 5-7205 or by e-mail

Book Purchase Request Form

Have a suggestion for a book the library should purchase, either for a course or for the Library collection?  Please click on the link to the Faculty Book Request Form, fill it out and forward it to your Library Liaison. We'll e-mail you when it arrives!

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