This tutorial covers how to determine if a book you have found while performing a Google, Google Scholar, or Amazon search is available through the Holy Names University library.
This tutorial covers:
We also cover what to do when the HNU Library does not have access to the book you want.
What is an ISBN?
The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is a numeric commercial book identifier that is intended to be unique to the specific edition and format of a published work. An ISBN is assigned to each separate variation of a publication. For example, an eBook, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book will each have a different ISBN.
Performing a library catalog search using the ISBN will enable you to search for the book in the specific edition (ex. publication date) and format (ex. paperback) you want to access.
Identify the ISBN-10 / ISBN-13 information for the specific edition and format for your book
Go to the library homepage, click on the "Books" tab and enter the ISBN code to perform a catalog search
If the HNU Library has a copy of your book, you will see information about how to access it either on the library shelves (print, hardcover format) or by clicking on the "View eBook" link (ebook format).
But, if the HNU Library does not have a copy of your book, you will instead see "Held by other libraries worldwide" indicating that you will need to make an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request.
To request a copy of your book from another library, click on the title of your book from the Search Results page.
You can place an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) request using the "Request Item from Libraries Worldwide" button.