We can help you get things that we do not already own. Here's an outline of the possibilities and the process ...
1. Verify that the Libraries do not own it.
We ask you to do this in order to save yourself, and us, time (after all, if we actually have the item, then you can use it right away!) If you are unsure whether or not the Libraries own a particular item, please ask us for help. Here is information on how to contact us.
For journal articles: especially if you used the FindIt@MU link, please understand that sometimes FindIt@MU gives incorrect information, usually because of internet connection problems. Therefore, please double-check with a journal title search in MARQCAT to see if we own the journal.
2. Decide how you want to proceed
Local libraries: check whether a nearby library has it ... and figure out if and how you can get there, and what you need to do to be able to check it out.
Interlibrary Loan: ask the Raynor Memorial staff to request a copy from another library
Ask the ILL staff (414) 288-7257 for advice on these.
Below are details on how these play out ...
Milwaukee Public Library: the main branch of the Milwaukee public library system is only about half a mile away (814 W. Wisconsin Ave.), so if the item is available there, you could get it pretty quickly and easily yourself. If you live on or near Marquette's campus, you are eligible to get your own public library card.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries: these libraries are not as close to us, so you'd have to plan for taking the buses (which takes time and money), or getting a ride (also takes time, and a favor). Furthermore, to check out books from these libraries, you need to get an InfoPass from the Raynor Library Information Desk before you go there.
Other Milwaukee libraries: some (not all) will also accept the InfoPass.
Interlibrary Loan (commonly called ILL) is a library-to-library lending service. When items are not available locally, usually* the Interlibrary Loan department can get these for you -- and then you don't have to worry about transportation, check-out procedures, or cost (we absorb any costs that there may be).
Time: what is the usual turn-around time for ILL requests? This will depend on several variables, most notably whether you're asking for an article or a book. Here are standard guidelines (that is, not guarantees) for how much time may be necessary.
* What do we mean here by 'usually'?
Submitting an ILL request does not guarantee that we can get your item. Although we fill ~89% of requests (2007-2008), that still means that we cannot get ~11 % of requested items. There are many reasons why this can happen: the lending library's copy may be checked-out or misplaced; the lending library may be temporarily short-staffed; there may be errors in the citation; and so on.
Catalogs for other libraries: this page has links to the online catalogs at libraries worldwide.
Center for Research Libraries: The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) collects newspapers, journals documents and archival materials to support advanced research and teaching in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Materials from the Center for Research Libraries may be requested by Marquette University scholars and researchers through the Interlibrary Loan Service of Raynor Memorial Libraries.
Worldcat: This database can tell you what books and journals (and other media too) are owned
by libraries all over the US; national libraries in some other countries use it also. You can use it to: