Universal Borrowing Down Jan 7-14

Universal Borrowing, the free service by which UWW students and staff may borrow books and DVDs from other UW libraries, is down because of a system upgrade. It’s expected to be operational again on Friday, January 14th.

In the meantime, you can see whether titles are held by other UW libraries by searching WorldCat. WorldCat actually lists libraries worldwide holding a title, but the libraries will be grouped by state so that you can scan Wisconsin.

For example, if you wanted to read The routes of man: How roads are changing the world and the way we live today, but Andersen Library’s copy was checked out, you could search WorldCat to find:
WorldCat title listing

Click on “Libraries Worldwide” to see other libraries that have the title:

WorldCat holding libraries listing

You can click on the link to a specific library to see if it is checked out.

Specific Library's catalog record via WorldCat link

Then you could use ILLiad interlibrary loan to request the title. (Use the “Return” button in the top right corner when displaying a specific library’s catalog record. That will return you to the WorldCat library holdings display.) Scroll to see the purple “Find It” button. On the menu that displays next, look for

“Can I get it from another library?
Request item via ILLiad ”

and click on the link to ILLiad. You’ll be prompted to login with your campus Net-ID (same as your campus email or D2L login). The ILLiad request form should b filled in, so scroll down to the “Submit” button.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
This entry was posted in around the library and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.