Request Library Materials

Fall 2020 Services

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.

Request an item that is available on the shelf  - Faculty, staff and students may request items from the Wesleyan collection and pick them up in the Olin vestibule by using the Request link on the item in OneSearch (pickup available weekdays 9am-5pm). Students in the USA studying remotely may use the Request link then select Home Delivery.

Request digitization of a Wesleyan item - we will digitize portions of Wesleyan materials upon request by faculty. Use the Request digitization link on the item in OneSearch.

Request an item from another library - interlibrary loan and CTW borrowing is available.

Faculty course reserve requests - we will fulfill course reserve requests with digital items whenever possible. Course reserves of physical materials are not available for Fall 2020.

Request an item be purchased for the library - we will purchase electronic items when available. We will purchase physical items and put them on hold for you to pick up.

Services unavailable during Fall 2020

In-person borrowing at other libraries - Most academic libraries are closed to outside visitors during Fall 2020; you will not be able to visit and borrow in person from our partner libraries.

Browsing the library stacks - Olin and Science Library stacks are closed. Items may be requested for pickup through OneSearch.

Physical reserves - all course reserves are online this semester.


Time to receive requests

  • Available in the stacks - 1 business day. Please wait until you receive the email notification before coming to pick up.
  • 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 (recall) - not available for Fall 2020

Request an item that is available on the shelf

Faculty, staff, and students may request Wesleyan library items that are currently available on the shelf to pick up in the Olin or Science Library lobby. Use the Request link in OneSearch.

Students studying remotely may request Wesleyan library items for home delivery via FedEx. Use the Request link in OneSearch, then choose Home Delivery.

  • More about pickup requests

    Items will be available for pickup within 1 business day on weekdays. Requests placed on weekends will be filled the next weekday. Note: This service is not for placing requests for Reserve materials.

    How to pick up your item:

    • Please wait until you receive an email notifying you that your item is available for pickup.
    • For Olin Library pickups you'll need to use your Wesleyan ID card to access the front door and pickup your item(s) in the vestibule.
    • All of your requested items will be ready to pick up in a paper bag, identifiable by a printed slip that will include your Wesleyan ID#.
    • Contact the circulation desk with any questions: circ@wesleyan.edu

    To place a request for pickup, follow these steps:

    • Search for the title in OneSearch.
    • Click on the title to view the record.
    • If you are not signed in to OneSearch then you will not see the request option. Click Sign In and log in with your Wesleyan Single Sign On.

    • 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.
    • Items that are currently charged out or on hold for another user cannot be requested.

Request digitization of a Wesleyan item

Faculty may request digitization of Wesleyan library items that are currently available on the shelf. Use Request digitized chapter in OneSearch.

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. 

Faculty Course Reserve Requests

Faculty members start here 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.

In-person borrowing at other libraries

Trinity College, Connecticut College, and Boston Library Consortium libraries are closed to visitors during Fall 2020.