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With over 1.4 million print volumes of books and journals and 27,000 online journals, the University of Vermont Libraries is the largest research library in Vermont. While that does sound like a lot of information, sometimes we still don’t have what you’re looking for but that doesn’t mean we can’t get it for you. When your attempts at trying to find books or journals at UVM fail, take a look at WorldCat. WorldCat has around 135 million unique items in more than 470 languages and dialects making it the world’s largest bibliographic database.

Requesting material is easy. Just go to WorldCat and search the catalog like you would search using the UVM catalog. Once you click on a book you want, you will see a screen similar to the following picture.

If UVM does not have the book, you will see a link that says “Order using Interlibrary Loan” in the External Resources section. Click on the link, log into your ILLiad account and submit your request. You will receive an e-mail message when it’s available. and you can check your ILLiad account for status information.  Make sure to start your research early as it can take 7-21 business days to receive your request.

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