If an item you are looking for is not on the shelf you may request a search. Current Columbia students, faculty and staff may use the Search For an Item Not on Shelf web form to request that a search be conducted for an item that was not located on the shelf. In order to use this service, a valid UNI and password are required. Please be aware that the item that you cannot find on the shelf, may be available through Borrow Direct. If you are not familiar with this service, please talk to a reference librarian.
If you are unable to use the web form, complete a Search Request Form and submit it to the staff at the circulation desk. If the item is checked out to another user you may request a recall or hold (see Recall/Hold for more information). If the item is not checked out to another user, we will initiate a search. There are several types of searches, detailed below.