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Requesting Materials from Other Libraries


Books that are not available at RWU may be borrowed from other libraries within the HELIN Consortium by using the “Request It” function in the online catalog.

Here’s how:

  1. Search the library catalog, click on the title to see if it is available at RWU.
  2. If RWU does not own a title that you want, simply click on the Request it link and you will be prompted for your name and barcode which is on the back of your RWU ID card.
  3. Select a pickup location and click submit.
  4. If not found in the HELIN catalog, try searching InRhode to see if the book is available at Brown Libraries and then follow the same procedure.
  5. Requested materials usually arrive within 2 – 5 days. You will be notified by email when the materials arrive.

Students, faculty and staff are welcome to walk in to all of these libraries except for the RI Hospital libraries. Faculty can gain access to the RISD and other CRIARL libraries with a CRIARL card which is available in the office of the Dean of Libraries on the 3rd floor. The CRIARL card is no longer required for Brown University. You only need a valid RWU ID.

HELIN Media Lending Practice
Few HELIN institutions lend DVDs and Audio Materials outside their own institutions. This is a guide to determine what you can borrow from where.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials from other libraries which do not belong to the HELIN consortium may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan.

Simply fill out the appropriate form to request these materials:

These materials are ordered from other libraries across the country. Allow at least 2 weeks for delivery. Please be sure you have checked the Library Catalog carefully before submitting a request to determine if we own the book you need or it is available at another HELIN institution. This service is offered to RWU students, faculty, staff, and administrators only.