Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 36

You could have a hold put on a book, but there's actually another thing you could do and you'll probably get the book faster. I would recommend requesting the book through the PALCI Interlibrary Loan system. The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) is an organization of all the major academic libraries in Pennsylvania. They've created a system for sharing books among the schools. If IUP doesn't own a book, you can ask for it through the PALCI system. You can also request to get copies of books IUP owns, but are currently checked out. To find PALCI, go to the Library Home Page (, click on "Books and More" and then on the "PALCI (Interlibrary Loan)" link. On the first PALCI page, you log in with the 16-digit number on the bottom of your I-card. It's the one that starts, 60083901.... Once you've logged in to PALCI, you can search the databases by author, title, subject, or the ISBN (International Standard Book Number - a 10 or 13 digit number assigned to every published book). The system will then search the catalogs of PALCI members. When you find the item you need, just click the blue "Request" button next to it. The system will then confirm your name, where you want to pick up the book and your e-mail address. Once you click "SUBMIT", a request will go to one of the libraries that has the book. They will pull the book from the shelves and ship it to IUP. When it arrives here on campus, you'll receive an e-mail that it is available and then you can pick it up at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Library. The request process usually takes about 3-6 working days. That's often faster than waiting for a hold on an overdue book.

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