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Research Foundations: Request Books

Requesting Books

If a book is not available at your campus library, or if you are off-campus and searching for books to pick up at a future date, you can request the book be routed to any Seminole State library and held for you. Note the timeframes outlined below for each type of request.

You can request books through two different methods: the Request Item feature in the library catalog, or by filling out the Interlibrary Loan Form. Here is a chart to help you decide the best method to use:

Book Location Method to Use
Seminole State College library Request Item feature
another state college library Request Item feature
a university library Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form
a public library Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form
unknown location Interlibrary Loan Book Request Form

Request Item Feature - Seminole State Libraries

The first place to check for a book is in the Seminole State library catalog. If you find a book you are interested in, click the Request Item tab below the book information. After logging into the library, you can place a request to have an item transferred between Seminole State libraries or to pick up at the same library. Books requested for transfer between Seminole State library campuses (e.g. Oviedo to Heathrow) take 1-3 business days to process. If you would like to hold a book at the same campus where the book is located, you can pick it up the next morning. The library staff will call or email you when the book is ready for pickup.

screenshot of Request Item feature in library catalog

Request Item feature in library catalog

If you'd like to see the Request Item feature in action, watch this one-minute video tutorial. It will show you how to find a book and request it from a Seminole State College library.

Request Item Feature - Other State College Libraries

To search other college’s libraries, change the campus setting from “Seminole State College of Florida” to “All 28 Colleges.” Once you find a book, click the Request Item tab and fill out the form. Interlibrary loans between colleges take 7-10 business days.

screenshot of college campus dropdown menu

change campus to "All 28 Colleges"

Interlibrary Loan Form

If you still cannot find your book, you can fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. Make sure to have the title, author, ISBN, and publication date ready for the form. You will also be required to fill out your name, MySeminole State username, email, phone number, and address.

This type of interlibrary loan could take up to three weeks to fulfill, so make sure to begin your book research early! The library will contact you as soon as your book has arrived.

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