Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Jan 29, 2015     Views: 40

There are two ways you can request a book that is currently checked out -- recall it at the Circulation Desk or request it through the PALCI system. Of the two methods, the library usually recommends using the PALCI System to request it. PALCI (the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.) is our system for requesting books from other libraries in Pennnsylvania. You can find it by going to the Library Home Page (, clicking on "Books and More" and then selecting the "PALCI (Interlibrary Loan)" option. You log in to PALCI with the 16-digit number at the bottom of your I-Card, the one that starts 60083901... Once connected to PALCI, you can search for the title you need. When you find it, just click the blue "Request" button. The system will verify your name, where you want to pick up the book and your e-mail address. Once everything is OK, just click the "Submit" button. A request will go to a library that has the book and the staff there will ship the book to IUP. You'll get an e-mail when it arrives and you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Library. The process usually takes about 3-6 working days. Normally, PALCI won't let you borrow items that IUP already owns. However, the system does make exceptions if the book is currently checked out. The other option is to have the book recalled from the person who currently has it out. Just go to the Circulation Desk and fill out a recall form. Our staff will contact the person who has the book to have it returned. When it's returned, we'll hold it for you at the Circulation Desk and notify you by e-mail. Because of the way our system works, the person who currently has it has 7 days to return it. That's why we recommend using PALCI because the turnaround time is usually shorter.

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