How to Request Books and Scans

It’s quick and easy to request print books for pickup, or digital scans of book chapters and journal articles.

Sign into Omni and complete the steps below.

Place a request on print materials with a “Loanable” status to have books retrieved from the shelves for you.

To make your request:

  1. Search Omni for your item.
  2. Click on Request for pickup and click on Send Request.
    Image of the Request for pickup form in Omni.
  3. Your book should be available for you the next day. Staff retrieve requested books from the shelves each morning.
  4. Library staff will notify you by email when the book is ready for pickup from the Ask Us desk.
    You can also check the status of your request via your Library Account in Omni.

Limitations

Borrowers can place requests on up to ten (10) items at a time.
This service is available for most library material but, there are some items which cannot be requested. They include:

  • Course readings on short-term loan
  • IRC and Hamilton Campus materials
  • Archives & Special Collections
  • Map, Data & GIS Library
  • McMaster Medical Collection materials
  • CPI (Center for Pedagogical Innovation)
  • OPIRG
  • Rodman Hall

Students, faculty and staff can access book chapters and journal articles from print-only sources by requesting a scan for delivery right to your email. There is no charge for this service.

In order to comply with Brock’s Fair Dealing Policy, we can only provide scans of ‘short excerpts’: typically one chapter, one article, or 10% of a copyright-protected work.

To make your request:

  1. Search Omni for your item.
  2. Click on Request a Scan (ensure you are signed in).
    Screen capture of request a scan function in Omni
  3. Enter the details about the excerpt needed: which chapter OR which volume/ issue/ article.
  4. Library staff will notify you by email when the scan is ready and include the download link. You can expect your scan within 3-4 business days.
  5. The link allows for 5 downloads, and expires after 30 days.

LIMITATIONS

The following print materials are not available to scan:

  • Items held in Archives and Special Collections or in the Instructional Resource Centre.
  • Maps and atlases.

Questions?

Contact us via telephone at 905-688-5550 x4583, or via email at libhelp@brocku.ca