Interlibrary Loan: BorrowItNow

How to get library materials from other libraries for free

What is BorrowItNow?

gets you your books faster and lets you keep them longer than the traditional Interlibrary Loan service. By searching 36 research libraries' catalogs simultaneously, patrons can request books directly from a library where the book is available (not checked out). Because BorrowItNow requests go directly to the owning library, patrons do not have to wait for Marriott Library Interlibrary Loan staff to process and send the requests. This is a project of the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of libraries located in the central and western United States. All of these libraries have agreed to ship books to us at an expedited rate and to let us keep the books for 10-12 weeks.

How Does it Work?

If you do not find the book you are looking for in Usearch, you can submit a BorrowItNow request.  From the BorrowItNow search page you can search for book titles. The search results will list the holdings of all participating GWLA libraries, including materials available in the Marriott Library. If there are copies available through interlibrary loan, simply click “Request”.  You will then log into your ILLiad (ILL account) and click “Submit Request”.  The request goes directly to another institution without needing to be processed by local staff. You will receive an email notification when the book is ready for pick-up.

Search BorrowItNow

The main search page is for basic searches. Searching by ISBN is one of the best searches you can perform. Alternately, if you know the exact title of the book, you can search for the title phrase.  For example, for "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," you would enter ti=""The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."


Once you click the Search button, BorrowItNow will take a moment to retrieve matches to your search.

Please be patient while search results load. BorrowItNow is slower than a typical search engine because it is simultaneously searching the collections of 36 major research university libraries.

The search results list the holdings of all participating libraries, including materials available in the Marriott Library. The title, author, date of publication, and format type are provided. The libraries that own the item are displayed under each entry.

Interlibrary Loan Contact Information

Hours: 8 AM - 5 PM Monday - Friday

Phone: 801-581-6010

Email: ill-req@library.utah.edu

Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

Requesting Via BorrowItNow

Based on the search results, BorrowItNow will provide one of three "Request" options:

1) If the item is available at the Marriott Library you will see the following message: "This item is: Available at the UUTAH Library."

Click the "UUTAH" link to be taken to the record of the item in Usearch, where you can request a hold.

2) If the item is available at a GWLA location, you will see the following message: "Click here to place an Interlibrary Loan request through BorrowItNow. Request"

By clicking “Request,” you will be asked to pick your campus library, then log into your ILLiad account with your uNID and password. The ILLiad book request form will be populated with the information for the item you want to borrow.  Complete any other required fields.  *If you have any notes to add to the request, please put them in the title or author fields, as the request will be sent directly to an owning library that will not be able to view the “notes” field of the request.

Click the “Submit Request” button at the bottom of the page to send the request through BorrowItNow.

3) If the item is not available at any GWLA locations, you will see the message: "Click here to place an Interlibrary Loan request through ILLiad.  Request."

By clicking “Request,” you will be asked to pick your campus library, then log into your ILLiad account with your uNID and password. The ILLiad book request form will be populated with the information for the item you want to borrow.  Complete any other required fields.  Click the “Submit Request” button at the bottom of the page to send the request through traditional interlibrary loan.

 

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