Online Catalog: New Interface

August 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Posted in I-Share, IIT Library Catalog, library catalog | Comments Off on Online Catalog: New Interface

The Galvin Library, and its branch libraries, switched over to a new online catalog interface this summer.  It has a new look, improved search speed and additional functionality, such as user tags and comments.  There is also a feature called faceting, which is a way to narrow your search results by a specific subject, author, location, language and more.

For returning students, faculty and staff, this catalog requires that you create a new, personalized login name and password.  It will use your library borrower ID to link your new account to your existing library account.  In order to link correctly, the new user account page will ask for the following information:

  • Bar code – your bar code is your IIT ID number that is on the front of your IIT ID card
  • Last Name – the last name listed on your IIT ID card
  • Library – Illinois Institute of Technology

In the “Basic Information” section of the new user account page, you can choose your own user name and password.  You can also choose to send information to an e-mail account other than your IIT e-mail address.  Click here to create your new account.

**Keep in mind that the library uses ONLY your IIT email account to send notification emails regarding your requested materials.

If you prefer to use the previous online catalog interface, simply click on the “Classic Search” button in the upper right-hand of the catalog screen.

Questions?  You can always contact the reference desk

Looking For Your Textbooks?

August 19, 2009 at 6:35 am | Posted in reserves, textbooks | 1 Comment

If you need a copy of a textbook to take home to your dorm room or apartment, you’ll need to purchase it from the campus bookstore or from another source. The library does not provide circulating copies of textbooks for students. The Galvin Library collection is intended to provide materials for scholarly research and to supplement classroom learning.

The library may have a copy of your textbook, but if so, it has been placed in the Reserve Collection, located behind the Circulation Desk on the Lower Level of the library. Reserve books can only be checked out for two hours at a time and cannot be removed from the library. This ensures they are available to as many students as possible during the semester they are assigned. Books owned by the Library which are later adopted as class textbooks will be transferred to the Reserve Collection during the time they are assigned for class use.

Textbooks are also not available via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). If you place an ILL request for a textbook via I-Share or WorldCat, it will be canceled by library staff. To prevent the loss of valuable study time, please consider purchasing a new or used textbook.

To search for Reserve titles, use the IIT Library Catalog. Items on Reserve will have a location of “Galvin Reserves (IIT-Local Circulating Only)” in the item record. To borrow these items, bring the call number to the Circulation Desk on the lower level. Again,  Reserve books can only be checked out for two hours at a time and cannot be removed from the library.

For more on the library’s textbook policy, click here.

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