Friday, April 14, 2017

Getting what you need: SRCS, ILL, & On-shelf holds

The University Libraries have many ways for getting users the information resources they need whether we have it or not. Click on the links below to use these services and find out more about them.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): Lending between libraries. If Ball State University Libraries do not have something you need then we can find it and borrow it for you from another library. This includes not only books and articles but DVDs and anything else a library is willing to lend. Scholarly articles can be delivered online to your desktop.

On-shelf holds: Pick up items from any branch at any branch. Traditional holds and recalls are meant to allow library users to queue up for items that are already checked out. Our on-shelf hold service allows you to request items still on the shelf. Library staff will pull and send your requests to the following the University Libraries pickup location of your choice: Bracken, Architecture, or Science-Health Science. Use CardCat to select a book, DVD, poster, or other kind of circulating item, click on the "hold/recall" button on the left, then choose one of the pickup locations listed above. You will be notified via email when your item is ready to pickup.

SRCS: Statewide Resources Circulation Service. This new catalog of state-funded libraries in Indiana, both public and academic, is still growing. Once you register, you can request books and other items directly from other libraries for you to pick up at Bracken. Right now, it’s best used for obtaining books quickly. But remember, SRCS is only Indiana libraries- ILL is still better for getting most scholarly materials because it searches libraries across the US and even abroad.