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Interlibrary Loans

Did you know that as an AU grad student, you can sign out material from other university libraries? Rob Jazen tells you how.


Did you know that as an AU grad student, you can sign out material from other university libraries?

There are a few different ways to do this, depending on what kind of material you are looking for.

The easiest way, if you happen to be local to the library you want to borrow the resources from, is to go in person to the library. There are reciprocal borrowing agreements in place between most Canadian universities. However, you need a COPPUL library card to access the resources. You can request one by emailing library@athabascau.ca.

However, if you want to borrow resources from a university which is not local to you, you still have options. You can request an interlibrary loan of the material. If you are local to a university, you can request an interlibrary loan through that university, using your COPPUL card. If you are not, you can still request the loan through AU.

If you are requesting the material through AU, you can request journal articles, papers from conference proceedings, or book chapters. The library staff can assist you in determining which chapters you may want to request. However, complete books are not available through AU as they are required to be returned within two weeks, and with the time involved in shipping the books out to students, would require that they would be returned almost immediately after they were received. If you want to do an interlibrary loan of a complete book, you will need to physically go to a university library to request the interlibrary loan.

For more information on interlibrary loans, check out the AU Library at http://aupac.lib.athabascau.ca/screens/ill_students.html