Requests From Other Libraries
If we don't have it:
- Try E-ZBorrow, which lets you borrow from other Pennslyvania libraries. Items are generally delivered within 4-7 days. You will be notified via email when the book is available for pickup.
- You can also check the online library catalogs of local universities.
- If you are a Pitt student or employee, you can get a Special Borrower Card that lets you check-out materials from other colleges in the area, like Carnegie Mellon or Duquense.
- The WorldCat database lets you search across library catalogs to find out which ones have what you want.
If we don't have it and E-ZBorrow doesn't have it:
1. If we don't have it and E-ZBorrow doesn't have it, you can ask us to borrow it from a library that does.
-This is called Requests From Other Libraries
2. We'll also consider buying what you need.
Like all libraries, the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh own only a portion of the books, journals, and other scholarly information published. If you identify a specific book or journal article not located in any of the University libraries, Requests From Other Libraries can request a loan or photocopy on your behalf from another library or institution. These materials must support classroom instruction or be used for University-related research. In addition to books and articles, Requests From Other Libraries may be used to borrow microfilm reels, dissertation and other materials.
All libraries have certain materials they prefer not to loan. Entire issues or volumes of magazines, journals or other services, items in the reserve collection, reference books and archival/special collections materials generally will not be loaned.
Each lending library determines how long a loan may be kept, whether it can be renewed and whether the loaned material may be removed from the borrowing library building. Usually a loan is made for two to three weeks and the material can be taken from the building.
It is important that you abide by and respect the restrictions placed by the lending library. If the lending library believes that our library has not handled its materials with care, or if we do not return the materials promptly, it may refuse to loan us material in the future. Renewals must be requested before the due date. Fines for overdue materials may be high (1.00 per day).
Phone: (412) 648-7762
G27 Hillman Library