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How Do I Get That? - For Graduate Students

The Library has several different services designed to help you get the information you need. Use this guide to help you get your information as quickly as possible; the most efficient options are listed in bold face.

1. The book I want is at another campus library.

Walk over to the library and check out the book.

or

Request that the book be sent to the library most convenient for you.

  • Look the book up in Franklin and go to the screen for the book's record. Click on Place Request at the top of the screen
  • Log in, using your last name and your barcode, the last ten digits of your PENNCard.
  • Select "Get from Storage or a Penn Library."
  • The book should arrive at your library of choice within 3 business days.

2. The book I want is at LIBRA.

Request that the book be sent to the library most convenient for you. Follow the directions given in #1

3. The book I want is charged to another user or Penn doesn't own it.

Check to see if Drexel University owns the book you want.

  • Check Drexel's online catalog, located at http://innopac.library.drexel.edu/
  • If Drexel does own your book, go to the Engineering or Van Pelt Library circulation desk and get a letter of introduction. This will enable you to obtain a free courtesy borrower's card at Drexel. The W. W. Hagerty Library is located at 33rd and Market Streets.
or

Search for the book on BorrowDirect+.
  • Two services enable searching of combined library catalogs and direct placement of requests for books not available at Penn.
    -  BorrowDirect: Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton, and Yale.
    -  E-ZBorrow: Over 40 academic and research libraries in Pennsylvania and nearby states, including: Rutgers, Penn State, Temple, and Pittsburgh.
  • Go to the BorrowDirect+ home page, located at http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/125512
  • Select the link for BorrowDirect or E-ZBorrow
  • Log in, using your PennKey username and password.
  • Go into "Searching/Requesting" and search for the book that you want, by title or by author. When you find the book, click "Request."
or

Recall the book from the patron who has it.
  • Look the book up in Franklin. From the book's record, click on Place Request at the top of the screen.
  • Log in, using your last name and your barcode, the last ten digits of your PENNCard.
  • Select "Recall from current borrower".
or

Request the book from Interlibrary Loan by filling in the form at http://hdl.library.upenn.edu/1017/125514/1. The Interlibrary Loan staff will search for the book and borrow it for you from another university.

5. I want a JOURNAL ARTICLE from a journal at LIBRA.

(Make sure you've checked Penn Library's electronic journals to be certain that electronic access isn't available)

  • Look up the journal in Franklin. Go to the record for the journal, and click on Place Request at the top of the screen.
  • Log in, using your last name and your barcode, the last ten digits of your PENNCard.
  • Select   "Get Article Copy from Storage." The article will be scanned for e-mail delivery to you.

6. I want a JOURNAL ARTICLE from a journal that Penn doesn't have.

(Make sure you've checked Penn Library's electronic journals to be certain that electronic access isn't available)

Check Drexel's online card catalog, at http://innopac.library.drexel.edu/ and copy it at their library

or

Request the article from Interlibrary Loan by filling in the article request form.

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