Recalls and Requests

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Recall requests on books that are currently checked out and requests to pull and send available materials for pickup or delivery* may be made directly through  NUsearch or NUcat.

Northwestern faculty, students and staff should use NUsearch to request materials. Sign in with your NetID and password to access your account and place requests. Click on the location link in the search results to view request options.

Users without a NetID and password may request in NUcat. From the item record, click on the “Request” button, located in the dark blue toolbar near the top of the page, and follow the instructions. You will be asked to log into your account if you have not already done so. Reserve items and items from short term loan collections must be requested in person.

Requests made in either search tool are processed instantly by the system. If you are blocked from submitting a request, please contact the Main Circulation desk at 847-491-7633 or by email.

You must use the rush catalog request form to request items that have not been fully cataloged (listed as "In Process" or "Received on [date]"). 

*Evanston faculty may request delivery to their campus office by requesting the item and selecting "Delivery-Evanston Faculty" as the pickup option, supplying the campus address in the comments field. See the book or multimedia delivery policy page for more information.

Use your Interlibrary Loan account to request scans of most articles or book chapters held in print in Evanston-campus libraries.

Need something that is not available in NUcat? Place an Interlibrary Loan request or search and request through UBorrow, the search and request borrowing system of the CIC (Big 10 Plus the University of Chicago and the Center for Research Libraries).

If you have any questions, please contact the Main Circulation Desk by email or at 847-491-7633.