University Libraries.

The University Libraries: Bringing You the World

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The University Libraries has an impressive collection. Between the three libraries, we house over 2,237,300 print volumes, almost 3 million microforms and more than 25 thousand maps and charts. In addition, we have access to almost 600 thousand electronic journals, online government documents and ebooks, along with 13,718 film, video and audio recordings. Believe it or not, we are adding new resources to our collection all the time.

Even with all this stuff, it sometimes happens that we don’t have the book, article or DVD that you need. Does that mean you are out of luck? That you have to buy the item yourself or change your paper topic? Absolutely not! The Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service will find your item at another library and bring it to campus for you to check out.

If you find a resource in Minerva that is in one of the libraries on the uptown campus or in storage, we can bring that to you too with our UA Delivery service.

To submit an ILL or UA Delivery request, log into your ILLiad account with your NetID and password (click on the “Interlibrary Loan / UA Delivery” link on the left side of the Libraries’ homepage). Select the type of item you are requesting from the list on the left, and then fill out the form, being sure to fill out the “Location” field, indicating whether we own the item or not. Make sure that you have filled out all the fields in red, and include as much information as you can. Use the “Notes field to include information that does not fit into the other fields or note any mistakes in the Minerva record. Always double check the information you have entered before you submit the form.

Before you submit an ILL request, be sure to check in Minerva, our online catalog, to see if we have the item in our collection. If we own an item, but it has been checked out be another user (there is a date in the “Status” box in the Minerva record) do not submit an ILL request. Submit a Recall Request instead.

Turnaround times for request vary. UA Delivery requests usually take a few days. ILL article and book chapter requests usually take between two and four days, while books can take up to two weeks. Materials like DVDs, CD-ROMs and newly published books can take longer. Be sure to take turnaround times into consideration when making your request.

You will receive an email when your item is available for pick up. Articles and book chapters will be delivered electronically to your ILLiad account, and books will be held for you at the Dewey circulation desk. Loan periods and renewal options are determined by the lending library.

For more information on ILL and UA Delivery, stop by the Reference Desk at any of the libraries, or contact us at 442-3691 or dewref@albany.edu.

Blog post created by Cary Gouldin
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