Iowa Library Service Areas
Requesting Multiple Copies of a Book on SILO ILL
If you need multiple copies of a book and it is not listed on the Book Discussion Books web page, you can still request multiple copies through SILO. This method ensures that you are asking only those libraries who own the book, (rather than having 600+ librarians run to their catalog or shelves) and the statistics for Access Plus are kept by the SILO ILL system!
The best way to do this is to put in separate requests for each copy, using different lending libraries for each request. (Use the drop boxes at the bottom of the SILO request form to change the libraries that will receive your request)
(Note: This method is necessary because, when you fill in 5 locations on a request form, these are possible loaning libraries for one copy only. If the first library on the list fills the request, the other libraries will not even see the request.)
1. Log on to SILO ILL at: http://ill.silo.lib.ia.us
This method requests each copy from only one library at a time. If that library cannot fill the request, you can request from another library by following the above procedure but selecting a library further down the list, from which you have not requested a copy already.
(Advanced tip: If there are many libraries who own the book you can certainly fill in more than one location for each copy; if you do this and the first library cannot fill the request it will automatically go on to the next library on the list. Just be certain you are filling in different libraries on each request so no library could get more than 1 request for the book.
If there is no record listed with many locations, or if there are many records for that title on the list of hits, you may make the requests by individually selecting each record on the list and submitting an Interlibrary Loan form.
since January 2, 2003