Request and recommend

You can request resources from UWA collections using OneSearch, including books on loan and items held in storage.


If you need something for your research and teaching that isn’t available at UWA, place a Get It request using OneSearch and we'll source your item for you from another library.

Are we missing something you regularly require? Make a recommendation for purchase by submitting an order form in the relevant section on this page.

Requesting in OneSearch

Request books, articles, theses and other resources in OneSearch. Different request options are available depending on the type of resource and whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, staff member or member of the public.

All UWA staff and students can request books on the shelf, on loan, or held in storage. Other library members can request books on loan or held in storage. Sign in to OneSearch and view an item to see your request options.

Requesting options for staff and postgraduates


We digitise print resources on demand. Use the 'Request an Extract' option in OneSearch and a digital scan of the book extract or article will be emailed to you.

On-shelf requesting

We collect your requested books from the shelf and make them available for pick up at your preferred UWA Library. If you're a staff member, you can choose to have them delivered straight to your office. Use the 'Request Item' option in OneSearch to place your request.

Get It for staff and postgraduates 

Use our Get It document delivery and interlibrary loan service to request resources not available at UWA. We’ll source and obtain a loan or copy of your requested resource from libraries around the world.

Place a Get It request using the ‘Not held by UWA? Get It from another library’ option in OneSearch.

You can find resources to request via Get It by using Expand my Search and Worldcat within OneSearch.

  • Expand my Search – Tick ‘Expand my Search’ to include resources without full text access.
  • WorldCat – When entering your search, select ‘WorldCat’ from the drop-down menu to search resources not held at UWA.

You can also place a Get It request from the OneSearch banner. Fill in the form detailing the resource you require.

Please note that Get It requests are being delayed due to the impact of COVID-19 interstate and overseas.

Requesting options for regional and offshore staff and students

Regional staff and students can request items for loan and scanned digital copies using OneSearch. Requested items will be delivered to you via express post, and you can return these to the Library using the prepaid satchel included with your item. For Albany Centre staff and students, requested items will be delivered and returned via the Albany Centre.

Offshore staff and students can request scanned digital copies using OneSearch. Requested items will be delivered to you via email.

Requesting options for members of the public

You can request UWA resources held in storage, including UWA print theses, and view them in the Library. Use OneSearch to find the item’s details and place your request using the store request form. Our team will contact you with the next steps for your request. Note that some items can only be viewed at the Reid Library or Special Collections.

Find out about other options for members of the public to access UWA resources.

Recommend a resource to the library

The Library welcomes recommendations for new resources such as books and journals from UWA staff and students. Before submitting a recommendation, check OneSearch to see if the item is already held or on order.

Recommendations for new subscriptions can be made in consultation with your Librarian Support Team.

Recommendations for resources such as books or audiovisual material can be submitted using the Order details form

Orders for essential items for units are treated as urgent and additional copies are purchased based on student enrolments.

The Library prefers electronic formats. Ebooks are generally available within four weeks. Most physical items are received within six weeks of ordering. Difficult-to-source items or items ordered from overseas may take longer.

When your item is available, you’ll be notified by email that it is ready for online viewing or borrowing. If you want to check the status of your order, or have any other queries, please email

Resource sharing for other libraries

We provide document delivery and interlibrary loans to external libraries and institutions.

Resource sharing for other libraries

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