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  • IUCAT Search/Accessing IUCAT
  • IUCAT Search Tips
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Locate Books
  • Book Call Numbers
  • Request Books

IUCAT Search/Accessing IUCAT

  IUCAT is the IUB Libraries catalog. 

  Find books, journals, music, and more!



Ways to access IUCAT:

IUCAT Search Tips

Quick Tips:

  • Use quotation marks to search as a phrase.
  • Use "+" before a term to make it required. (Otherwise results matching only some of your terms may be included).
  • Use "-" before a word or phrase to exclude.
  • Use "OR", "AND", and "NOT" to create complex boolean logic.
  • Truncation and wildcards are not supported - word-stemming is done automatically.
  • Access more help at the KB

Simple Search:
From the main search page search by Keyword, or limit your search to Title, Author, or Subject. 
Advanced Search:
Choose this for more search options.

Results Page:
After entering your search term(s) you will probably get many results. 
Look at the categories listed on the left side of the page. They can help you narrow your search if needed. 


Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loans allow you to borrow material from non IU Libraries.

*First time users will be asked delivery information for their materials*

How to Request:

  • You will need your IU username and password to request material
    • To use the Submit a request page, have the book information (title, author, etc) ready.

    • In Worldcat the "Request materials from ILL" link will fill in the book information for you.

  • Photocopies of journal articles can also be request through the Submit a request page.

You will receive an email from Interlibrary loan when your materials are ready for pickup.

Vist the Interlibrary Loan site for more information

Locate Books

Step 1: Identify the correct IU Library:

  • IUCAT includes items from ALL IU Libraries (not just IUB).

  • To find the IU library for an item, look in your search results for "Copies at:" 

  • To limit your results to records from a single library, click on "Campus" (bottom left of the search results page).
    Choose the relevant campus (e.g., Bloomington). 

  • Most items not on the Bloomington campus Libraries can be requested

Step 2: Identify the item's library location: 

  • Each catalog record has a call number that indicates its location within the given library.  (More about call numbers.)

Book Call Numbers

A call number is like an address, telling you an item's location in the library.

The call number is taped to an item and is listed in IUCAT.

Use the Research Collections Map to find the item's location. 

Library of Congress call numbers are used at IUB Libraries (and most academic libraries). 

Request Books

Request books from off campus storage (ALF) or from another IU campus:

  • Log in to IUCAT with your IU username and password.
  • Click the   button
  • Select a campus location for delivery.
  • Click the "Request Delivery" button on the pop-up box.


NOTE: Material from certain libraries (IUB Kinsey Library, Lilly Library, CEDIR Library, Archives of Traditional Music Library, University Archives Library, and the Bloomington Residence Halls) cannot be request.

Reference material and short term loans (like DVDs) cannot be requested.