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New service: UBorrow

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011 | Posted in Faculty, Services, Staff, Students by Diane Fulkerson | No Comments »

UBorrow allows you to request materials directly from participating libraries within Florida’s state university system. This unmediated borrowing service increases your access to the collections of the other universities in Florida and delivers more quickly than standard interlibrary loan.

How does it work?

If you’re searching the USF catalog for a title and the USF Library system does not own the book, click on the blue UBorrow link towards the top right corner. This will take you to the State University Libraries’ catalog, showing all the available items within the university system. Click on the UBorrow icon again to request the item and you will find a login box where you will be asked to put in your Library ID (the 205 number on your USF ID card) and the month/date of your birthday. Then select where you want to pick up your book. You will receive an email in a few days letting you know that your book is ready for you.

You can also start your search directly into the State University Libraries’ catalog.

Requests for items that aren’t available in Florida will be transferred into an ILLiad (or regular interlibrary loan) request automatically.

What is the loan period?

You are given 30 days from the time the item arrives on campus (this will take a few days so plan ahead!) Again, you’ll receive an email as soon as your book is received and ready for pickup.

Can I renew my loan?

You may request one renewal for materials borrowed through Uborrow. Please note, this is a request, so you will want to place your request several days before your item is due. After you place your request, you will receive an email notifying you of the new due date or that your request was denied. Request renewals the same way as for USF items.

What happens if my books are overdue?

You will receive email notifications about your overdue UBorrow books just as you do for the books that you borrow from the USF Libraries. You will also be fined by the USF Libraries for all overdue, lost, and damaged UBorrow loans.

UBorrow is available today, give it a try!

 

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