Answered By: Chris Clouser
Last Updated: Oct 25, 2019     Views: 39

We do not provide a method for requesting that a checked out book be returned (sometimes called recalling a book) or putting a hold on a checked out book. 

Instead, we recommend that you request a copy of 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 and they've created a system for sharing books among the schools.

You can use this system for books that IUP doesn't own or books that we do own but are currently checked out.  The average time for receiving a book through PALCI is 3-6 working days.

To find PALCI, go to the Library Home Page (, click on Interlibrary Loan and then on the "PALCI" link.

On the first PALCI page, you log in with the 16-digit number on the bottom of your I-card. Once you've logged in to PALCI, you can search by author, title, subject, or the ISBN. 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.


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