Finding and Requesting Material

Search the online catalog at the library or from your home computer to find materials in which you are interested.  First, start off by looking in  the Clapp Memorial Library Catalog.  If the item is not available at the Clapp Memorial Library, use the drop down menu to the left of the Search button to expand your search to a specific library or to include all libraries in the Western Massachusetts Regional Catalog.  Once you have found the materials you are looking for, click the Request this item button.  Enter your library card number and your PIN or follow the instructions to create a PIN.  (Forgot your PIN?  Contact the library).  Select the library where you wish to pick up the material.  If you are using an academic library card you must select that library as your pickup location.  Click the button.

Don't see what your looking for?   Broaden your search to include Central Massachusetts in the Union Catalog  by clicking the  (C/W MARS Union Catalog)  button on the screen.  Again, after you have found the materials you are looking for, click the REQUEST THIS ITEM link  and follow the on-screen instructions (make sure to have your Library Card handy for this step).

If these two searches didn't yield the results that you were hoping for, try searching the whole state of Massachusetts by using the Virtual Catalog.  Start off by choosing which region you live in, for Belchertown residents pick Western.  Then, type in your library card number followed by where you would like to pick up any material you find while searching.  Click the Login button .  Click the Searching and Requesting button, and start your search.  After finding the materials you are looking for, click the Request button and fill in the Create Request Screen.  Once this is complete, click the Submit button. 

Note: Your Virtual Catalog request will only be denied for two reasons:

1.  You have requested non-circulating material that doesn't leave the owning library.

2. The material requested is already available locally in the C/W MARS Catalog

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