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How To Find A Book

How Do I Get A Book I Need?



Look up the book in the Shenandoah University Library’s online catalog.

·         From the Library homepage, click the link to Online Catalog, and search the book by keyword or phrase, its title or author.

·         If the book is in Su Library Collection, you will see a call number for that book, this tells you where you will find the book on the shelves.  Call numbers A-H are in the basement, I-Z on the second floor.  If the book is a reference book, you will find it on the first floor.

·         SU has two libraries – Smith Library and Health Library.  Please check to see which library holds the book. 


     Book – Interlibrary Loan  If the book is not held by the Library, you may request that it be borrowed from

      another library through the Interlibrary Loan Process.

·         To find a book which the Library does not own you can go to World Cat (which is a list of 179+ million records of documents owned by other libraries world-wide.  You can find World Cat under the list of Databases on the library homepage.

·         From the record for the book you can immediately go to the SU Interlibrary Loan page by clicking on the link on the top left hand corner of the page (ILL).  Once you have the Interlibrary Loan page on the screen, you will need to fill out the request form and submit it to the Library.

·         If you already know the book you want to borrow, you may go directly to the Interlibrary Loan page from the Library homepage.  Select the Book Delivery Form.  Complete it and submit the form.

·         A book which is lent from another library will be shipped to the SU Library.  If you are an off campus student, the book will then be mailed to you under the condition that you return it to the SU Library by the designated date due. On campus and area students are asked to come to the library to pick up interlibrary loan books.

·         If the Interlibrary Loan book cannot be shipped to you, you may request that the book’s table of contents be copied and mailed to you.  You may then select chapters or sections of the book which you would like copied, and the library staff will copy and mail those materials to you.  We ask that you request no more than the equivalent of one chapter.

·         Copies of book chapter and sections from Interlibrary Loan books will be mailed to graduate students living outside the United States on a limited basis.


       Book – Document Delivery (for off campus students) If the book is held by SU Library and you would like

       to borrow it, use the Library’s online form for book request to submit your request.

·         From the Library homepage, click the link to Interlibrary Loan.  Select the Book Delivery Form.  Complete and submit the form.

·         The book will be pulled, checked out in your name, and mailed to you.

·         Note the date due slip which will be attached to the book when you receive it.  You may return the book in person or by mail.

·         SU Library books will be mailed to graduate students living outside the United States on a limited basis.



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