If you are looking for a particular book, the fastest way to find it is with a title browse search.
1. On the library homepage, select Browse Search.
3. Type the beginning of the title of the book and hit enter.
A browse search is not quite like a normal search. It will pull up the exact result and anything near it alphabetically in the browse list. What it won't do is show you search results that are close to, but not quite, what you searched for. The best method for finding a title is to type the first three or four words of the title exactly and see what comes up.
A note about articles (the grammar kind, not the journal kind!):
If your title starts with A, AN, or THE, leave the article off and start with the next word. For instance, instead of The Lord of the Rings search for Lord of the Rings.
THIS and THAT are always included in the title, i.e. That Hideous Strength would be found by searching for That Hideous Strength, not Hideous Strength.
If you're inclined and able, you can visit the Foley Library and browse the stacks in addition to searching the catalog by using the Library of Congress call number system. Just head to the 3rd floor and look for the QA section to get started.
When to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL):
To Request Books From Other Libraries:
ILL Facts and Tips
ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME - Ordering a book through Interlibrary Loan is not an option for "last minute" research. The lending library mails the book to Foley Library and then we check it out to you. That takes time.
BE VERY SELECTIVE - Please limit your interlibrary loan requests to items you can truly use in your research. The library is happy to provide this service free of charge to current students, but it can be expensive for us, so please use it judiciously.
LENDING LIBRARIES CALL THE SHOTS - Books we get for you through interlibrary loan (ILL) are subject to the policies of the lending institution. While most ILL books come with a 4-week loan period, the loan periods may be shorter and renewals are always at the discretion of the lending library. Please give "ILL books" your immediate attention when they arrive so you will be prepared to return them on time. Overdue charges and lost/damaged fees do apply.
IF A BOOK ARRIVES IN THE MAIL ON (OR AFTER) THE DUE DATE - This does happen on occasion. Contact us immediately if it happens to you! We will renew the book and do our best to get you more time from the lending library. Phone numbers: 509-313-3824 / 800-498-5941 or e-mail email@example.com
ILL HOMEPAGE: researchguides.gonzaga.edu/ILL
The Open Education Resource (OER) movement aims to develop high-quality textbooks and other educational tools that can be used by anyone free of charge and without onerous copyright limitations. Take a look at these sources to get started.