Answered By: Deborah Lee
Last Updated: Nov 02, 2015     Views: 40

To search for books and other materials beyond what is held at MSU, you can search WorldCat. WorldCat is a world-wide library catalog. To search WorldCat, from the Libraries' homepage, go to Databases, select "W" in the A-Z list, and click WorldCat. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to input your netID and password in the Central Authentication Service (CAS); alternatively, you can use our VPN to off-campus use of databases.

Using WorldCat, you can request to borrow materials, whether books, DVDs, vinyl records, from other libraries. When you see an item you would like to borrow, select the "Find It" button and follow the link to Borrow/Request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Sign-in with you netID and password, and you should see a request form automatically filled out for you (the very first time you use ILL, you will be asked to complete a profile page, then you'll be taken to the form). 

In WorldCat, you can also view which libraries own items, in case you would rather visit the library in-person. In the individual item record, look for "Availability" and select "Libraries worldwide that own item," and you'll see a list of libraries closest to you with the item. Rush service is available but costs at least $20, depending on the lending institution and availability.

Here's a quick video on getting to WorldCat, getting to ILL, and seeing libraries the have the item you're interested in:

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