Borrowing from Offsite Storage

Swem Library's Offsite Stacks (SOSS) is a storage facility located off campus that houses lesser-used materials and items requiring special environmental protection in a permanent, climate-controlled facility. Faculty, staff and students can request books, journals, DVDs, VHS tapes and other materials from this facility. Materials are retrieved Monday through Friday. You will be notified when an item is available for pick up at Swem Library, or faculty/staff will receive a delivery notification e-mail.  Journal article/book chapters will be scanned and e-mailed to you.

To Request an Item from Offsite Storage:

  • When viewing a record for an individual title in the catalog, click on the "Find and Request" button
  • Click on "Sign-in" for more options button
  • Log in using your W&M user id and password
  • Click on the "Request" button
  • Students: for Pick-up location choose Swem Library
  • Faculty/Staff: for Pick-up location choose Swem Library (item will be held at the Circulation desk for you) or Office Delivery (item will be delivered to your mailbox)
  • For a journal volume please fill in the Details box so we can retrieve the specific volume, and for a scan from a journal article/book chapter please include the page numbers
  • Click on the "Request" button  

 If you have questions about requesting materials, please email the Library Express Delivery Service staff at, call the Delivery Service Coordinator at 757-221-3081 or the Circulation Desk at 757-221-3072.