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Interlibrary Loan: Using WorldCat

What is WorldCat?

If you cannot locate a book in UIW's Library Catalog, you might find that another library in San Antonio has it. This system is the same one that we use to find books for Interlibrary Loan requests.

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. It allows you to search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

Find in a library with WorldCat



WorldCat can help you...

With WorldCat, you are able to:

  • See which libraries have the item you need. Libraries are listed in order of proximity.
    • In some cases you may find that it is easier for you to check out the material from the library using a TexShare card. For example, this book is held at UTSA. Once you obtain a TexShare card from the UIW circulation desk, you could go to UTSA and get the item immediately rather than waiting for us to get it for you via ILL. 

  • Find an item's OCLC number.
    • If you see that a book is only held by only 3 libraries in America, then you know it's rare. Providing the OCLC number helps narrow down the search when we process your request.

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