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Module Three

WORLDCAT

No library, no matter how large, can have every book ever published. Although Bellevue University Library has over 80,000 print books, there may be some books you need that are not in the collection. These books can be borrowed from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan, but there may be another option. Bellevue University has a reciprocal borrowing agreement with other academic libraries in Nebraska. (Click here for a list of reciprocal libraries.) Local students may go directly to these libraries and check books out, but how do you know which library has the book you want?

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The Answer is WorldCat

WorldCat is a giant database and online catalog containing over 402 million bibliographic records, representing the holdings of over 72,000 libraries throughout the world. It is entirely maintained by librarians and is growing literally by the second, as new records are added at a rate of one every 10 seconds. Check here for the latest figures.

To access the library version of WorldCat, click on Databases, under Find on the library homepage. The link to WorldCat is on this alphabetical list of databases. It is searched much like eCatalog. Books held by Bellevue University Library are indicated by this icon bu Icon . For an item not held by Bellevue University, click on Libraries Worldwide to see which libraries own it. It may be held by a reciprocal library or a public library in your area. Books and articles not held by Bellevue University can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

You can also simply go to WorldCat.org to search for a book. It will recognize your location by zip code and give you the distance to the nearest libraries that have the book you want. WorldCat even has a mobile app!

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