Tip Jar Post #2: Request Something That’s Currently Checked Out

While the libraries have a lot of resources for everyone to share, some are in more demand than others and we’ll never have enough copies for everyone.  So, should you just go out and buy it? No way – just recall it from someone that’s already got it checked out.

Don’t feel guilty about it, especially as an undergraduate. Remember, you only get 28 days to check out books, while graduate students, faculty and staff get an entire semester! Still not sure about it? Check out the FAQs & Tips about the recall or Pick It Up service:

Tips & FAQs:

  • It’s completely anonymous; no one will know that you’re recalling it from them (but we also won’t tell you who recalled a book from you, either!)
  • If you’ve just checked something out and you get a recall notice, don’t worry! You still have 8 days until you need to return it.
  • Play nice. If you get a recall notice, make sure to return the item within the time frame. That’ll make someone else on campus very happy (and it’ll save you from a $1/day fine!)
  • If you recalled something but you don’t need it anymore, cancel your request within your My Library Account, under Requests.

More Resources:

Tip Jar Post #1: Request a Book or Article From Another Library Using InterLibrary Services

two students talk about how to get library resources through Interlibrary loan.

Sometimes, yes, sometimes, you may come across a book, journal, or article that you need for your research and the UT Libraries doesn’t own it. But, instead of just shrugging it off (we wouldn’t do that to you!), we’ll ask other libraries if we can borrow it from them for you. It’s called InterLibrary Loan and you can request an article, journal, book, and in some cases, audio-visual materials (CD, DVDs, etc) through InterLibrary Services.

Here’s the low-down:

  • Because we’re borrowing it from another library, we have to play by their rules, so check-out periods for the requested item may be different from what you get at UT.
  • It may take up to 10 days for us to get a book from another library, so try to plan ahead when doing your research. Articles, on the other hand, may be available to you in as little as 48 hours. And they’ll often come straight to your email inbox as a PDF!
  • The first time you login to InterLibrary Services, you’ll have to fill out some personal information, like your address, but after you’ve done it once, that’s it.

Want to request something right now? Head on over to InterLibrary Services, click on ILS Login, and git goin’.

Win 2 subscriptions to the Texas Performing Arts 2010-2011 season!

In celebration of the start of the 2010-2011 Season, Texas Performing Arts brings you an exclusive grand prize contest! The winner will receive a pair of subscriptions to the 2010-2011 Season — that’s 2 tickets to four performances of your choice!**

The contest will close on Thursday, September 16 at 5:00 PM, and the winner will be announced and contacted on Friday, September 17. By entering the contest you agree to receive future communications from Texas Performing Arts.

To enter the contest, simply follow this link and fill out the form. Don’t forget to indicate that the UT Libraries referred you to the contest.

**Broadway Across America-Austin performance are not included in this contest.

Good luck!

Library Insider: Back to School Edition!

In this edition of the Library Insider: Library News for Undergraduates:

* Cost-saving tips from the Libraries
* Student Lockers in PCL
* Upcoming Events at the Libraries
* Attend a Free Library Class
* Reserving a Group Study Room Online
* Win Tickets to Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche!

Read all about it!

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Keep Your Eye on the Tip Jar

Tip Jar with UT Libraries branded logo on a table of books.

Introducing From the Tip Jar, a new UT Libraries multimedia blog series focusing on quick library tips. Join us every other Monday as we share ideas to squeeze the most out of your UT Library experience, find efficient ways to research, save money using the libraries and have some fun thrown in. Keep your eye on the News for Undergraduates blog every other Monday to catch a new library tip. We’ll also post links to new entries on our Facebook and Twitter feeds so be sure to like or follow us there if you aren’t already!

Have a tip or question that you’d like us to cover? Comment on a post or send us an email at lib-instruction@utlists.utexas.edu.

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