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Book & Article Delivery Service (Libraries 2 Go)

 Faculty: You can have books you’ve requested from the ULS, E-Z Borrow, and Interlibrary Loan delivered to your office. You can also have pdf copies of articles/chapters from ULS books and journals sent to your email. 

This service is for:

Pitt faculty members with offices located within the prescribed boundaries of the Pittsburgh Campus can receive book deliveries.

Any Pitt Faculty with a valid University of Pittsburgh ID can receive copies of articles or book chapters via email

UPMC faculty should contact staff from HSLS Document Delivery.

There are no charges for these services.

Overview of services

Book Deliveries

  • Books requested via Get-It!, E-Z Borrow, and Interlibrary Loan are delivered by courier to Pittsburgh Campus offices/departments within the prescribed boundaries 
  • Books have to be returned to a Pittsburgh Campus ULS library by the Faculty member who requested it; couriers will not return books to the library
  • Expect delivery within 2 business days, excluding weekends and holidays. Materials coming from other campuses or off-site storage may take slightly longer
  • You can designate a graduate student(s) or staff member(s) as your proxy using the Libraries To Go Proxy Request Form (PDF) ; instructions for submitting this form are provided within the pdf. The proxy agreement must be renewed each academic year
  • A signature is required for all deliveries; only Faculty members and their authorized proxies can sign for deliveries
  • Faculty members are responsible for any requested books once they’ve been successfully delivered. Even if signed by a proxy, fines/fees stemming from lost or misplaced materials are levied upon the requesting Faculty member’s ULS account  
  • If your library account is blocked due to suspension of circulation privileges, you will not be able to place requests. For information on charge and fine limits, please see our Borrowing Policies
  • For each requested item, one delivery attempt will be made. If no authorized signer is available/present, the book will be placed on hold at the ULS Library nearest to the delivery location. You will receive an email from a ULS staff member informing you of the failed delivery.

  Article Requests

  • Request a copy of an article or book chapter from journals and books owned by the ULS
  • Limit of 5 requests per person/day
  • Expect delivery within 3 business days to your Pitt email account with a link to download 
  • US Copyright law may restrict materials we copy and distribute* 
  • If your library account is blocked due to suspension of circulation privileges you will not be able to place requests. For information on charge and fine limits, please see our  Borrowing Policies

 

To place a request:

 

Book deliveries

  Library-owned books

  1. Search for the item in PITTCat+and click through to the full record (you'll be redirected to PITTCat Classic)
  2. In PITTCat Classic, click the Get it! link at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your University Computing Account (email) username and password and click the Login button
  4. Select Get-it! from the drop down menu, then click the “OK” button
  5. If a book has multiple volumes, you will need to select a single volume to request using the dropdown menu. If you need additional volumes, you will need to place separate requests for each volume
  6. To request book delivery, click on the dropdown menu for “Pickup-Location” and select “Faculty Delivery” 
  7. By default, books will be delivered to the University Address listed on your library account. If you’ve since moved to a new office, you can provide the address within the comments field of the request form; however, we encourage all Faculty to keep their office information up to date through Panther Central 
  8. Click on the Submit Request button
  9. You can check the status of your request by looking at the Request Information section of My Library Account

  Book requested via EZ-Borrow

  • Once you’ve selected a requestable title, hit the drop-down menu for “Select a Pickup-Location” and select “Faculty Delivery”

  Books requested via interlibrary loan

  • If you are utilizing the Interlibrary Loan Request Page for the first time, you will need to fill out a page of User Information. Among these fields, you will be asked for a “Delivery Location”. Hit the dropdown menu and select ‘Faculty Delivery’
  • If you have already submitted this User Information and did not specify “Faculty Delivery” as your delivery location, you can change it by going to the ILL Request page and pressing the “Change User Information” button located along the left-hand toolbar under “Tools”   

Article and book chapter deliveries

  1. Search for the journal or book title in PITTCat Classic
  2. Select the full record for the journal or book.
  3. Click the Get-It! Link at the top of the page.
  4. Enter your University Computing Account (email) username and password and click the Login button
  5. You will see a Requests Menu listing the types of requests.
  6. Select Get-it! from the drop down menu.
  7. Click the “OK” button
  8. Select the “Specify an Issue” button next to the citation box.
  9. Fill out the citation information in the provided box.
  10. Specify the pickup-location as “Faculty Delivery” in the dropdown menu
  11. Articles will be delivered to your university email by default; if you would prefer it to be sent to a different email, specify it within the comments field of the request form
  12. Click the “Submit Request” button 

 

You can check the status of book requests by looking at the Request Information section of My Library Account

For assistance with any delivery questions, please email uls-librariestogo@mail.pitt.edu

*NOTICE WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law