Borrowing from Offsite Storage

Swem Library's Offsite Stacks (SOSS) is a remote storage facility that houses lesser-used materials and items requiring special environmental protection in a permanent, climate-controlled facility.

Need something located at Offsite? 

Most W&M faculty, staff and students* may submit an ILLiad request (book or article). Swem Library Offsite materials are retrieved Monday through Friday.

  • Article requests will be completed (scanned) within 2 workdays and you will receive an email notification.
  • Books requested before noon will be available by 4 p.m. that day at the Circulation Desk. Books requested by faculty/staff will be delivered to departmental mailboxes within 2 workdays.

Questions? Please email our Library Express staff at or call the circulation desk at 757-221-3072.

* If you are affiliated with the Marshall Wythe School of Law or are a member of the general public, please contact our Circulation desk to have materials retrieved for your use. They will be held for you at that desk, and you will receive an email notification when your item is ready to be picked up.