Answered By: Coe Library Help Desk
Last Updated: Jun 27, 2018     Views: 108

Both systems are types of interlibrary loan between UW Libraries and other libraries. These document delivery services are free for UW students, faculty and staff (see note below). The system will notify you when ordered items are available and allow you to pick-up physical items at the campus library of your choice.  The following should help decide when to use Prospector or Request It. 


  • Borrow books, videos. and audio CDs from over 40 Colorado libraries.
  • You borrow by searching Prospector database, then request items. You can track the request and obtain renewals through My Accounts. If you can't find what you want, you can transfer your request to the MOBIUS group of Missouri Libraries.
  • If the item is available at a participating library, you receive it in 2-4 business days.
  • Loan periods and renewals are standardized:  Books (and some CDs) are for three weeks with one renewal; videos (and some CDs) are one week with no renewals.
 Request It
  • Borrow books, videos and audio CDs as well as obtain electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters from UW and 10,000 libraries world-wide.
  • You have two ways to order materials:  1) borrow by searching the UW catalog or any electronic database and then clicking on Request It button or 2) you may fill out request forms through your Request It (RI) account. From your RI account you can also track requests, request renewals, and obtain scanned copies.
  • If loans or copies are available at UW, you will receive notification in 2-3 days.
  • If copies are from other libraries, you will receive in it digitally in 4-5 days.
  • If loans are from other libraries, you will receive the book in 3-21 days.
  • Loan periods and renewals are determined by lending library.


NOTE:  Off-campus students, faculty, and staff are blocked from using Prospector (because mailing from and to Laramie significantly reduces time of use) and must use Request It for all document delivery.


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