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Research Guide for Dr. Henning's AFS201 class

About Requesting Materials

As a WSU student and researcher, you have access to an extensive network of physical and electronic scholarly resources. For example, you can request that physical materials be sent from any of our campuses to your home or to be picked up on campus.

Furthermore, if WSU doesn't have a copy, we can request it from another library (for free). This includes both physical items and electronic items (like journal articles). In fact, you can get access to electronic journal articles within a day or two of requesting them.

Getting physical items can take longer as they have to be pulled from the shelves and shipped via USPS. Again, this is a free service

Helpful tip: You should never have to pay for a journal article. If you get to a journal record where you are being charged an access fee, let me know.


You can read about current policies here:

Requesting Electronic Items Through Interlibrary Loan

Requesting an electronic item is easy, quick, and free. You will get notification that the PDF is available via email. Requests typically take 24-48 hours (and often even less time than that).

To request an electronic item (such as a journal article), follow these steps:



Step 1: Locate and item that you want and select "Request through InterLibrary Loan.


Step 2: You will be prompted to log into ILLiad which is the interlibrary loan system.



Step 3: A form will auto-populate. Just click "Submit." You will get an email when the PDF is available. 

Requesting Physical Items from WSU and other Libraries

To request that physical items be sent to you (or picked up), follow these steps:



Step 1. Find an item in the catalog and log into WSU Search It



Step 2: After you are logged-in, select Request this Item.



Step 3: Select where you would like to have the item sent. You can have it sent to a library locker at Holland and Terrell to be picked up or to your home address.

If you have the book sent to your home address select Pullman Home Delivery even if you are outside of Pullman. Again, this is all free!



Checking the Status of Your Interlibrary Loan Request & Viewing Your Library Account

Follow these steps to view the status of your interlibrary loan request, to cancel your request, and to see other library account options:


Drop down menu in WSU Search it library catalog with log in option

Step 1. Go to then to  My Account -> Search It to log into your library account


Prompt to log in to request item through WSU Libraries

Step 2: Select Current WSU students, faculty, and staff 


WSU Libraries' Search It log in interface

Step 3: Log in with your WSU NetID info


Library account screen where you can check your requests and items that are checked out.

Step 4: Click Summit + Hold Requests

Hold request list within your library account

Step 5: View the items that you have requested, see their status, or cancel the request.

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