Using the RIT Library: Request

General information about using the library at the Wallace Center

Requesting a book

If an item you search for is checked out, you get it by clicking the Request button in the catalog record. We will get the book for you by the fastest method possible, whether it is the return of our book or by borrowing it from another library. When the book is available you will be notified by email that it is being held for you.

Borrowing from other libraries

If you are a current student, staff, or faculty member looking for books or journal articles that the RIT Libraries at the Wallace Center do not own, you can request the material through Connect NY or Interlibrary Loan.

Connect NY is the combined online catalog of 17 participating academic libraries in New York State. Through Connect NY, patrons can borrow books not owned by RIT Libraries, as well as books owned by RIT Libraries that happen to be checked out. Any available book can be requested through Connect NY, and they are usually received within two to four working days.

Through Interlibrary Loan, also known as IDS Express (Information Delivery Services), library users are able to borrow materials not currently in our collections (see below for details). ILL requests can be made online.

What Types of Items Can be Requested through IDS Express/ILL?

  • Books (if unavailable through Connect NY)
  • Digital scans of journal articles
  • Theses and dissertations (check ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database for online full text first)
  • Standards

What Items Cannot be Requested through IDS Express/ILL?

  • Items owned by RIT Libraries
  • Reference books
  • Textbooks
  • Rare books and other fragile or bulky items
  • Entire issues of journals
  • Audiovisual materials

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Use of RIT resources is reserved for current RIT students, faculty and staff for academic and teaching purposes only.
Please contact your librarian with any questions.