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Information Resources for CPS Instructors: Finding Books

Overview of library resources for CPS faculty

Books from a Distance...

How to get books when you are rarely on campus

Some CPS Instructors travel to and from campus quite frequently, and others rarely visit. If you visit us frequently, it is very easy to pick up a book at the library while you are here.

If you rarely visit us, here's what to do:

1. Start with Ebooks

We recommend you search in our Ebsco Academic Ebook Collection first. Ebooks can be read right away using your computer. They are also convenient in that you can access them anywhere, and search by keyword within the book.

2. Then Search the Library Catalog

After you have exhausted the ebooks available from Ebsco, then try searching our Library Catalog. We can send them to your home address using our Interlibrary Loan system. It takes about 1 week.

3. If the previous steps failed, search for the book elsewhere and request it on interlibrary loan.

If you find a book on WorldCat, Amazon or elsewhere that we do not own, you can request the item on Interlibrary Loan. Please allow 2 weeks for those to arrive.

Find a Book or DVD Owned by Lightner Library

Look for Books and DVDs Owned by Lightner Library

To find books and DVDs in Lightner Library, use our Polaris Online Library Catalog

The search results will show you all the titles that matched your search. You can then click on any title to see more information. The results will tell you if the book is checked out or if it is available.

If the book is a Reference book, we cannot send it to you. Otherwise, we can. Request it on interlibrary loan to have it mailed directly to your home address.

If the DVD is an Entertainment DVD, we cannot send it to you. Otherwise, we can. Request it on interlibrary loan to have it mailed directly to your home address.

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Finding Books at Other Libraries

Look for Books Owned by Other Libraries

If you want to check and see how many other libraries across the nation have the item you are looking for, you can try searching for it in WorldCat.

This will give you an idea of how easy it will be for us to retrieve it for you on Interlibrary Loan. However, you are not required to check WorldCat before requesting an item.

Note that there is a direct link to request an item in our interlibrary loan system (ILLiad) from WorldCat, so it can be a very easy and convenient way to request a book. Just click "Send Request to Iliad" from the details page for the item.

CPS Librarian

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April Higgins
Contact:
(315) 279-5411