Request Library Materials

Most library materials, both physical and online, are available through OneSearch. To request items not currently available or items from other libraries, you can use the request options described below.

Time to receive requests
  • Available in the stacks - available to retrieve yourself whenever the library is open
  • Request an item that is checked out (recall) - up to 7 days
  • Request an item from Trinity or Connecticut College (CTW) - 2-3 days
  • Request an item from another library (interlibrary loan) - electronic articles and chapters: 1-3 days / loans: 2-14 days  (averages; varies depending on availability and response from lending libraries)
  • Request an item be purchased for the library - varies

Request an item that is checked out

To request a Wesleyan library item that is currently checked out, you can place a recall request via OneSearch.
  • More about recall requests
    When you use OneSearch to recall an item, the person who has it will have up to 7 days to return it.

    After it is returned, we will hold the item and notify you by email when it is available to pick up at the circulation desk.

    To place a recall request, follow these steps:
    • Search for the item in OneSearch
    • Click on the title to view the record
    • If you are not signed into OneSearch, click Sign in and log in with your Wesleyan Single Sign On
    • Click Request
    • For Pickup Location, select the library circulation desk at which you want the book held for you.
    • If you have a deadline after which it would be too late to get the item, put that in Not needed after. We will get it as soon as possible, but if there is a delay we will keep trying until this date.
    • Click REQUEST to submit the completed request form.

Request an item from Trinity or Connecticut College

To request materials available at Trinity or Connecticut College, you can place a CTW request via OneSearch.
  • More about CTW requests

    The CTW consortium allows Wesleyan members to borrow books, videos, and sound recordings from Connecticut College and Trinity College.

    You can place a request for CTW items through OneSearch. When you request an item from a CTW library and the item is available, you can often receive it within 48 hours.

    To place a CTW request, follow these steps:

    • Search for the item in OneSearch
    • Click on the title to view the record
    • If you are not signed into OneSearch, click Sign in and log in with your Wesleyan Single Sign On
    • Click Request
    • Click Request again
    • For Pickup Location, select the library circulation desk at which you want the book held for you.
    • If you have a deadline after which it would be too late to get the item, put that in Not needed after. We will get it as soon as possible, but if there is a delay we will keep trying until this date.
    • Click REQUEST to submit the completed request form.

Request an item from another library

To obtain materials (books, scans of articles or chapters, DVDs, etc.) that are not available through OneSearch, you can place an interlibrary loan (ILL) request. Submit a request right in OneSearch or in most databases. Interlibrary loan is available to current Wesleyan faculty and staff, and enrolled students.

  • How to place ILL requests

    You must have an ILL account to place interlibrary loan requests. 

    ILLiad: You can place a request directly in your ILL account under New Request.

     

    OneSearch: Click on the Request from another library option. 

    WorldCat (and other FirstSearch databases): WorldCat is the best database for locating books to get through interlibrary loan. To request, use the Order using ILLiad link under Get This Item--External Resources.

    Most other databases: To place requests in most other databases, use the Find It! button. 

In-person borrowing at other libraries

You can go to Trinity College, Connecticut College, or a Boston Library Consortium institution to check out materials.
  • More about in-person borrowing

    CTW Consortium

    You can go in person to Connecticut College or Trinity College Libraries and borrow books, videos, and sound recordings using your Wesleyan ID. 

    You can also request these materials from the other libraries via OneSearch.

    Boston Library Consortium (BLC)

    The Boston Library Consortium permits Wesleyan faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students to use BLC member libraries and borrow materials in person at those libraries.

    To access BLC libraries, request a consortium card from Eun Joo Lee, Head of Access Services. Please see BLC's Consortium Card for more details about using BLC libraries.

Hold service for faculty

To have library staff pull items available in the stacks to be held for you, place a request in OneSearch.

  • More about on-shelf holds

    Items will be available for pickup within 24 hours on weekdays. Requests placed on weekends will be filled the next weekday. Note: This service is not for placing requests for Reserve materials.

    To place an on-shelf hold request:

    • Search for the title in OneSearch.
    • Click Sign in the top right corner of the page.
    • Click on the title of the book you’d like to have retrieved from the stacks.
    • Click on the Request link, then click Request again to submit the request.
    • A confirmation screen will appear, indicating the request is placed.
    • You will be notified via email when your item is available for pickup.
    • Pick up your item within 7 days of being notified. After 7 days the item will be returned to the stacks.

Faculty Course Reserve Requests

Faculty members use this online form to request materials be put on reserve for their courses.

Alternatively, start from WesPortal > Course Management > [select your course] > Library Reserve Requests to automatically fill in Course and Instructor information.

For help with course reserve contact the Reserve Department.

Request an item be purchased for the library

We welcome your recommendation of materials we should add to the library's collection. Recommend a purchase.