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Locating Items at Northwestern University

NUsearch is the Northwestern University Libraries discovery search tool for finding books, as well as journals, newspapers, and more. NUsearch allows you to search for materials by Keyword, Title, Author, Call Number, and other methods.

Tip: If you can't find the book, try entering just a few words of the title and the author’s name in an advanced search. This will help you find the item even if the citation isn’t exactly correct.

To find a book in the library, see the Get It section of the catalog record to see which NU library owns the book and whether it is available. “Item in place” means that the book is on the shelf and is available. “Currently Unavailable” means that another patron has it checked out.

Books Available at the Law Library

Books and other print materials available at the Law Library are organized by location codes (MON; N,EAA; etc.) and by call number (KZ6385 .C67 2010). When looking for books available at the law library in NUsearch, take note of both the location code and the call number where you can find the book on the shelf.

Books Available at Other NU Libraries

For books available at other NU Libraries, such the MAIN Library, sign in with your NetID to request the book. 

Select Law Library for Pickup Location. You will get an email when it is available for pickup, usually the next business day in the afternoon.

If the book’s status is “Currently Unavailable,” the copy is checked out by another patron. For privacy reasons, we are unable to tell you who has a book checked out. If no copies of the title are available at Northwestern, you will need to place an ILL request to obtain the book from another library (see below).


Requesting Items from Other Libraries

If the item you are looking for is not available through Northwestern's library system, you can place an Interlibrary Loan request to get it from another library.

To see what materials are available at other libraries, search in, the catalog for libraries around the world.  It can help you discover books and articles beyond what Northwestern has in its collection. 

Worldcat item record details