Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014     Views: 29

Yes, books can be recalled. Once a book has been checked out for at least 15 days, it becomes subject to recall. You can contact the Circulation Department at (724)357-2340 to ask for the recall. However, there is an alternate method that we recommend. Since IUP's copy of the book is checked out, you can request a copy of the book through the PALCI Interlibrary Loan system. We've found that this method is usually faster and more reliable than recalling the book. To make a PALCI request, go to the Library Home Page (, click on "Books and More" and then on "PALCI (Interlibrary Loan)". You will need to log in with the 16-digit number on your I-Card. On the PALCI main page, select the "Search" option and then you can search by author, title, subject, or ISBN (International Standard Book Number). Once you identify an item you need, just click the blue "Request" button. This will bring up a page where you verify your name, e-mail address and where you want to pick up the book. Once you "Submit" that screen, a request will go directly to another library that owns the book, asking that it be sent here for you to use. Normally, you can't request books that IUP already owns, but the system makes an exception for books that are currently checked out. When the requested book arrives at IUP, you'll receive e-mail notification and then you can pick up the material at the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Stapleton Libary. The PALCI process takes about 3-6 working days. Because of the way the recall system operates, that process usually takes more than a week.

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