Ordering Books & Articles

Books & Other Materials | Articles

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

1. WestCat

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

  1. Search WestCat (WIU library catalog).
  2. Image of WestCat login page

    Example of a WestCat login entry

    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 14-digit Library Identification number (21711, plus your 9-digit WIU ID number). For example: 21711098765432 .
  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.

2. I-Share

Order items from other I-Share libraries (plan ahead; average arrival = 3-5 business days):

  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...

3. ILLiad (Books, Articles & Other Materials)

Use ILLiad to request materials that are unavailable via WestCat & I-Share (plan ahead; average arrival = 10-14 days).

  1. Login to ILLiad (ECOM username/password).
  2. Click the Create Request button.
  3. Select and complete the correct form, either: Receive scanned copy of article or chapter OR Borrow the physical book or media.
  4. Click the Submit button button to finish.
  5. Note: If you find what you want in the WorldCat catalog, click the Submit button button. This will take you directly into your ILLiad account and pre-fill the form with correct item information.

Please call (309) 298-2705 for assistance.