Ordering Books & Articles

Books & Other Materials | Articles

Illustration of a bookOrdering Books & Other Materials (e.g., microforms, theses)


To locate books, movies, music, etc. at WIU Libraries:

  1. Search WestCat (WIU library catalog).
  2. If you find the item in WestCat, but it is held only at the WIU-QC library, you can have it delivered to Malpass Library (or vice versa). Click on the option in the bar near the top of the screen. Login requires only your last name/surname and your borrower ID, which is 21711 followed by your WIU ID number. Example: 217119aabbbccc.
  3. If you are unable to find your item in Westcat, click either the red question that asks “Repeat search in the I-Share catalog?” or the option in the bar near the top of the screen. Follow the steps below.

Order items from other I-Share libraries by following these steps:

  1. Login to I-Share with your I-Share username and password (or first, "Create a New Account").
  2. Search for the book(s)
  3. When you have found a book, go to its detail page and click the "Request this item" link (within the "Locations" tab below the "Status" field)
  4. Select "Choose pick-up location" - it will default to the correct location for WIU.
  5. Click on "Request".

If you are unable to find your item in I-Share (or it is unavailable), then submit your request through ILLiad (see below):

ILLiad (Books & Other Materials)

ILLiad enables you to request materials that are unavailable via I-Share.

  1. If you haven't done so, please create a new ILLiad account.
  2. If you already have an account, Login to ILLiad.

To Request Items through ILLiad:

  1. Select category under "New Request"
  2. Complete all required fields, designated by a red asterisk ( * ), the more information provided helps to ensure you receive the exact item you are requesting.
  3. Submit your request - ILLiad requests usually take 10-14 days to arrive.


Illustration of a articleOrdering Articles

ILLiad (Articles)
  1. Before submitting an article request, search Locate a Journal to see if the library already has access to the journal you need (either online or in print)
  2. If we own it in print but it is at our other campus, use ILLiad to request a copy.
  3. If we do not own it, use ILLiad to request a copy from another library.

For help finding articles, citations, or completing the form, please visit Reference Services.