Can't find the item you need in the Library?
All copies are on loan
Place a hold - Sign in to the library website to use this feature.When you're on the catalogue page with details of the item, click the Place on Hold button on the right-hand side. That's all you need to do! Whoever had the book out the longest will be asked to return it, and we'll send you an email when the book is ready for you to collect in the library.
Check for an e-book version. When possible we buy both print and digital copies of titles. Anything that's available online will have a link saying E-resource - click that then Access full-text, and sign in with your University details when prompted to do so. E-books are particularly useful because you can access them anywhere: on campus, at home, on internship, on holiday!
Check other books in the same section. Our books are arranged by call number or by subject, and books with the same Call Number will cover the same topic (for example, all books shelved at QH325 are about life on other planets).
When you are on the online catalogue page with details of the item, you will find books suggestions on the same topic at the bottom of the book details.
Alternatively, check our online subject guides to find books on a specific subject.
I need a specific article of book and the library doesn't stock
To find book titles, check Books In Print or WorldCat and search by author(s) or keywords. For articles, proceedings papers, reports or open-access resources, check EBSCO EDS or any other recommended databases.
Send a free inter-library loan (ILL) request to ISU librarian; we'll get in touch to let you know if we've purchased the item or have asked other libraries if they can lend us a copy. For articles, you can often have the pdf sent straight to your University email address.
Interlibrary Loan is free for International Space University faculty, staff and registered students. There is no charge for this service, but requests should only be submitted in support to the teaching, research or study of the users and will be at the discretion of the University Library. Check out our ILL pages for more information.
Before making a request it is important that you have checked the University Library catalogue to ensure that the material you are requesting is not held by the University Library!