Go to WorldCat and enter the title you want into into the search box, or use the Advanced Search:
Results will look something like this:
You will need to narrow your search results. You can do this by making various choices, like Book, Boston Library Consortium, and Best Match from the Drop Down menu near the top..
When you find the record that you want, click on the title:
Now the record for that item will open:
You can check the description, the edition, and find out which libraries have this item. (Notice that the Availability listing starts with our consortium, and if you scroll down you will see other libraries that have this book as well. If Brandeis owns this book you will see that also.)
When you are satisfied that this is the book that you wish to order via Interlibrary Loan, click on the blue Request Item through Interlibrary Loan button and an Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) form will open up. The form is already filled out for you, but you can make changes or add notes if needed. Notes are especially important if you are ordering microfilm or part of a multi-volume set.
Click Submit and you're done!
This is just a brief overview of how to use WorldCat. If you have questions or need help please don't hesitate to contact ILL Staff or Library Research help.
Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery:
Hours: 8:30am–4:30pm, M–F
Information and Borrowing Desk:
Phone: 781-736-5626 (or 781-736-LOAN)
Problems or emergencies:
Contact the Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery department during business hours. If you need to report a problem after 4:30pm or during the weekend, please contact the Information and Borrowing Desk.
Library, Interlibrary Loan
415 South Street, MS 045
Waltham, MA 02453-2728
A lot of older materials that are in the public domain (pre-1923) have been digitized and are available via the Internet. No need to request via interlibrary loan as you can access full-view documents directly.
Check these web sites:
Hathi Trust - as Brandeis is a partner institute of Hathi, you can access thousands of full-text downloadable pdfs of digitized book and journal content from the partner library collections. This includes both in-copyright and public domain materials digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and Microsoft, as well as through in-house initiatives.
Internet Archive - access books digitized by Brandeis Libraries and other institutions as part of the Open Content Alliance