Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 19

Unfortunately, the IUP Library does not own the textbook you need. Generally, the Library does not collect textbooks. Usually we only have the book if a professor places a copy on reserve at the circulation desk. That does not seem to be the case for this book. You can always check to see what books are available by using the PILOT online catalog. Go to the Library Home Page ( click on "Online Catalog". This will open the PILOT catalog of all the books and other materials available from the library and you can search it by author, title, subject and other criteria. If IUP owns the material, there will be an entry in the catalog. You could try requesting the book through the PALCI Interlibrary Loan system. PALCI is the database for the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortioum, Inc. and it includes most of the academic libraries througout Pennslyvania and a few in surrounding states. The database allows you search for book titles and then request books that IUP does not own. You can find PALCI by going to the Library Home Page (, clicking on "Books and More" and then clicking on the "PALCI (Interlibrary Loan)" option. You can then log in to PALCI with the 16-digit number from your I-Card (not the @ number - your Banner number -- but long one at the bottom of the card that starts 60083901....) Turnaround time for PALCI requests are usually 3-6 working days. If we are able to obtain the book for you, you will receive e-mail notification and then you'll be able to pick it up at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Library. To be honest, though, the probablility of obtaining the book through PALCI is quite low. Because textbooks change editions very frequently, most libraries will not collect them. If a library does have it, it is often held on reserve for classes at that institution and not available to circulate to others. Your best source for the book is really the campus bookstore.

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