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Introduction to the SHU Library

Books and eBooks

When you think libraries, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Books, probably. The SHU Library has a collection of physical books and eBooks. As you may have noticed, our building is small. For that reason, we have invested our money to getting eBooks so that students on campus and online can get access to the materials they need.

You can search for books by clicking over to the Books tab on the library's home page. 

You can type in the title if you're looking for a particular book, an author name, or just a set of keywords. If the item is an eBook, you will see a PDF Full Text link that will allow you access the full text of the book.

If the item is a physical book, you will see the item's location and availability right on your results page.


What if you want a book the SHU Library doesn't have?

If you need a book that the SHU Library does not have, don't despair! You can request a book through the InterLibrary Loan or ILL system. ILL allows you to request an item from another university or library. Give yourself some time, though, especially when requesting a book. Physical items are shipped here, so it's not a good option if you're crunched for time.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a FREE borrowing and loaning  service. ILL obtains books, articles, book chapters, and other research materials not owned by Ryan Matura Library for students, faculty and staff.  

Login to your ILL Account - to place ILL requests, track requests, check due dates, and view ILL borrowing history. Each item must be requested online through the Sacred Heart University Library website through the patron’s Interlibrary Loan account.

Important information about ILL Communication Preferences

  • After logging in for the first time, make sure your communication preferences are selected, and going to the correct email or phone number. This enables the system to send automated updates about your ILL requests.
  • Check your Junk Email folder for email notifications from If found, you must add to your safe senders list to receive future notifications.