Answered By: Research Help Desk
Last Updated: Feb 07, 2019     Views: 145

Yes you can. How you order depends on who has the item. Novanet Express allows you to order items from other Novanet libraries. Interlibrary Loan* (ILL) allows you to order items not available in the Novanet system.

You can order items through the Novanet catalogue. You can also borrow books in person from any Novanet library using your SMU ID card. If the item you want is not listed, use the Interlibrary Loan form (login is the barcode number on your SMU ID and password is the last four digits of your phone number**), and we will try and find the item for you. To cancel or renew an ILL, log in to the Interlibrary Loan form and send a quick message to the library (under 'Contact' on the left hand menu, click on 'Library Staff' and enter a message in the box that opens).

To order from a Novanet library:

  • Search for the item in the catalogue.
  • Click on the title to see available locations, and ‘Sign in' to request the item


  • Enter the barcode number from your SMU ID card in the ‘Barcode’ field. In the ‘Password’ field, enter the last four digits of the phone number you gave us when you got your ID card**:


  • Under 'Get it', click on 'Place a Hold':


  • SMU should default as the pick up location in the drop down menu.                                                             
  • Click 'Send Request'.

You will get an email from the Library when the item is available to pick up.                                                   

*The Interlibrary Loan service is only for currently-registered students, staff and faculty of SMU. The general public must use the public library system to get books outside of the Novanet system. The Novanet Express service is available to members of the public registered with a Novanet library.

**If you are having problems logging in, please call the Circulation desk at 902-420-5547.

For more information on these services, click here