Finding Books

Finding Books

To limit your search to books and eBooks owned by NU, click on the arrow to the left of the main search box and choose the Books tab, then NU Books.

Search Option - NU Books

To search for books on a particular topic, enter your keywords into the main search box and click Go.

If you are searching for a specific book, enter the title and/or author. For multi-word titles, it’s usually a good idea to put the title in quotation marks. Here are some examples of author/title searches:

  • Shakespeare
  • “Death of a Salesman”
  • C.S. Lewis

NU Books - Search


Looking at Search Results

NU Books - Search Results

You can use the options on the left side of the page to refine your search at any time.

NU Books - Refine Search Results

Viewing eBooks

For eBooks, you will see a “View Now” link. Select the link to expand the box with the “View eBook” link – click this link to open the eBook.

eBook - View Now

  • Viewing eBooks from Off Campus

    If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your NU email address and password after clicking the “View eBook” link.


The eBook will open in an eBook reader in your browser. You can read the book in your browser or download/print a portion of the book for reading offline.


Print Books

For print books, you can click on the Availability link to see the location, call number, and whether or not the book is currently checked out.

Book results - Availability

For detailed instructions on locating a book in the library, click here (opens in a new window/tab).

Looking at a Specific Result

To see information about a particular book, click on its title in the search results. This will take you to a more detailed page about the book.

Book item record

Here is an example of what you might see when looking at the page for a specific book. The list below explains what different parts of the page are.

1.  Citation information. If a summary of the book is available, it will also appear in this section.

Book item record - 1

2.  If you see a “Preview this item” button, you can view parts of the book on Google Books.

Book item record - 2

3.  Location, availability, and call number. Click the “Place Hold” button if you would like the book to be reserved for you.

Book item record - 3

  • Placing Holds

    After you click on the “Place Hold” button, you will be prompted to log in to your library account using your ID number and the password you chose when setting up the account.

    WMS login

    If you have never logged in to your library account before, go to the My Account page and follow the directions to set up your account. If you have any trouble setting up your account, please contact us at and we would be happy to help you.

    After logging in, change the pick-up location to “Hurst Library” using the dropdown menu and click the “Submit” button.

    Book item record - hold request

    You will receive an email when your book is ready. Books you have placed on hold can be picked up at the library front desk.

4.  A list of subjects that the book falls under. You can click on a subject to see a list of other items related to that subject.

Book item record - 4

5.  If a book’s table of contents is available, it will appear in this section, which is about halfway down the page. Scroll past the “Find a copy in the library” section to get here.

Book item record - 5

6.  If you need help, you can click on the “Chat with a librarian” button. The chat service is available 24/7. NU librarians are normally online when the library is open. Outside of those hours, your question will be answered by a librarian from another institution.

Book item record - 6

Viewing eBooks

If you are looking at an eBook, most of the sections will look the same, with one exception — rather than physical location, availability, and call number, look for the “View eBook” link.

Item Record - eBook

  • Viewing eBooks from Off Campus

    If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log in with your NU email address and password after clicking the “View eBook” link.


Finding Books at Other Libraries

To include books available in other libraries in your search, choose the Books in Libraries Worldwide option.

Search Option - Books Worldwide

When you are looking at your search results, take note of the green text; this will tell you what library owns the book. Search results will display books owned by Northwest University first, then other libraries (the green text will say “WorldCat Libraries”). Within each location category, the results are ordered by relevance.

Book results - Libraries Own

When you are looking at the page for a book that NU does not own, the “Find a copy in the library” section will look slightly different.

Book item record - worldcat request

You can see a list of libraries that own the book by clicking on “Worldwide libraries own this item.” The list will be arranged geographically based on your location. You can check to see if your public library system has the book, or one of the NAPCU libraries.

You can also click on the “Request Delivery” button if you would like us to borrow the book for you from another library using interlibrary loan (ILL).

Interlibrary loan for books is currently only available for Northwest University students, faculty, and staff who can travel to the Kirkland campus.

Book item record - request delivery

Fill out the form on the next page and your request will be sent to us.

Note: On the request form, enter your NU ID number in the Patron ID field.

ILL Form - Book

  • Sending ILL Requests from Off Campus

    If you are off campus and looking at a book that NU does not own, you will need to log in before the “Request Delivery” button appears.

    Off Campus Book - before login

    Above the “Find a copy in the library” section, you will see a blue box that says “You are not connected to the Northwest University network.”

    Off Campus Book - remote access login

    Click on the link in the box that says “Remote access login” and you will be prompted to log in with your NU email address and password.

    Off Campus WorldCat Login

    After you log in, the “Request Delivery” button will appear and you may proceed with your ILL request.

    Off Campus Book - after login