What do I do if the Health Sciences Library does not own a book or journal article that I need?

You have several options to obtain materials not owned by the Health Sciences Library. 

1. Use the Health Sciences Library's fee-based Interlibrary Loan Service to request the item from another library. The ILL service has access to general national networks and can locate and request most items for you. For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan web pages.

2. You can use the IMPULSE library catalog to look for journals or items owned by another IMPULSE library. First, look for your item in IMPULSE, then change the drop down box at the upper right from UCD Health Sciences Library to: All IMPULSE Medical Libraries, then click on Search. This will allow you to search nine other health sciences libraries in the Denver area. (Note: if you find an item at another local health sciences library in IMPULSE, please call that library before visiting; some libraries are open by appointment only).

3. If the item is not owned by an IMPULSE library, you can search for it in Prospector. From within your  search in IMPULSE, click on the red Prospector button in the upper right corner of the IMPULSE search screen. (This button is ONLY available after you do a search in IMPULSE). Prospector allows you to search the holdings of 15 public and university libraries in Colorado. If you are a cardholder at any participating Prospector library, including the Health Sciences Library, you can request FREE book loans--online--from Prospector libraries.

Journal articles are not available through Prospector. However, you may wish to travel to an owning library to photocopy the articles you need there. We recommend you call the library first to make sure the journal issue you need is available, and that the library is open to the public.

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