Textbooks from the Library: What We Can and Cannot Do

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By The original uploader was DrL at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

With the beginning of the Spring II session, you may feel as if you are performing a balancing act between the needs of your wallet and the needs for textbooks for your courses. To save money, many of you will want to request your textbooks through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, but textbook requests can be a bit challenging. We completely understand and would like to help you as much as possible, but there are limitations to what we can do. In general, the Leatherby Libraries does not have available copies of your required textbooks, and even if we do, there may be some drawbacks. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to save your hard-earned cash.

  1. If you would like to search the Leatherby Libraries Library catalog (books, e-books, media, and more) to see if we own your required textbook, please do. Do not use the Discover! search option. If the library does not own a copy, we cannot get it for you.
  2. If the library owns the book, read the status carefully.
    catalog_detailAs you can see from this example, two copies are for library use only, and the third copy is already checked out, so the book is not available, and we cannot send it to you.

If you follow these steps before submitting an ILLiad request, it should reduce the number of cancelled requests and alleviate some your stress. Textbooks are expensive, but they are a necessary part of the education experience. We will do what we can, but sometimes, our wallets just have to take the hit.

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Textbooks from the Library: The Real Story

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By The original uploader was DrL at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

With the beginning of the Summer I session, you may feel as if you are performing a balancing act between the needs of your wallet and the needs for textbooks for your courses. To save money, many of you will want to request your textbooks through ILLiad, our interlibrary loan system, but textbook requests can be a bit challenging. We completely understand and would like to help you as much as possible, but there are limitations to what we can do. In general, the Leatherby Libraries does not have available copies of your required textbooks, and even if we do, there may be some drawbacks. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to save your hard-earned cash.

  1. If you would like to search the Leatherby Libraries Library catalog (books, e-books, media, and more) to see if we own your required textbook, please do. Do not use the Discover! search option. If the library does not own a copy, we cannot get it for you.
  2. If the library owns the book, read the status carefully.
    catalog_detailAs you can see from this example, two copies are for library use only, and the third copy is already checked out, so the book is not available, and we cannot send it to you.

If you follow these steps before submitting an ILLiad request, it should reduce the number of cancelled requests and alleviate some your stress. Textbooks are expensive, but they are a necessary part of the education experience. We will do what we can, but sometimes, our wallets just have to take the hit.

Recognizing the Difference: Book or Book Chapter

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Jan van Eyck (circa 1390–1441) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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Here at the library, we’ve noticed that students are a bit confused with the results from EBSCOhost when it comes to books. Books and book chapters use the same icon: book image

To solve this dilemma, we created a great new video: Book or Book Chapter: Recognizing the Difference in EBSCO Databases:

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Just click on the arrow to view the video. As always, if you need some help, just ask a librarian.

Book or Book Chapter: How Can I Tell?

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Jan van Eyck (circa 1390–1441) [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
{{PD-1923}} – published before 1923 and public domain in the US.

Here at the library, we’ve noticed that students are a bit confused with the results from EBSCOhost when it comes to books. Books and book chapters use the same icon: book image

To solve this dilemma, we created a great new video: Book or Book Chapter: Recognizing the Difference in EBSCO Databases:

Book or Book Chapter image

Just click on the arrow to view the video. As always, if you need some help, just ask a librarian.

Library Happenings: Mini Books

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We currently have a great display on loan from the Miniature Book Society. The miniature books in this collection vary widely; there are classics and children’s books. There are books shaped like a deck of cards and some with buckles and latches.

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These miniature books are tiny works of art!

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Something To Think About: Jiddu Krishnamurti

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By Manuel Cacciatori from Branzak, Italia (READING A BOOK..) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
–Jiddu Krishnamurti

How will you continue your education after your have taken your last test and written your final paper?

These Books Have Different Due Dates: ILL Lending Periods

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Books as far as the eye can see, but we still may not have YOUR book…

We have so many resources available for you here at the Leatherby Libraries; however, we do not have everything. Sometimes, when you are conducting your research, you may come across a book or article that we don’t own. That’s when interlibrary loan is useful. Using your ILLiad account, you can place a request for the article or book and have it supplied by another library. If you are requesting an article, an electronic copy of the item will be delivered directly to your ILLiad account. You will have 30 days to log in and view that article. After 30 days, it will simply disappear, meaning you don’t need to remember any due dates for articles.

Requesting a book is different. We are unable to request ebooks via interlibrary loan, so any book request is processed for a physical copy of the item, and it will be sent directly to your listed address. This is where things get a little tricky: with items that we own, students are given a 6 week checkout period, but with items from another library, the checkout period can vary. All interlibrary loan items are subject to the circulation policies of the library that is loaning the item to us, so that can mean a shorter checkout period. All is not lost, however, if you receive an ILL item and you need more time with it, simply call us 5-7 days before the due date so we can place a renewal request for you. Renewal requests are at the discretion of the lending library, so they aren’t guaranteed, but most libraries are happy to grant more time.

Every ILL item is affixed with a bright red slip on the front of the book that clearly states the due date for that particular item. If you check out many items, be sure to keep track of each individual due date. Also remember: if you have any questions regarding items you have checked out, we are only a phone call away!

Something To Think About: Oscar Wilde

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It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.
― Oscar Wilde

You are all busy reading for school, but what are you reading that determines who you are?