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Purdue University Libraries, as a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), is implementing a federated catalog and direct consortial borrowing service known as UBorrow. This system allows users to search for, and request, available books from all CIC libraries, which includes all universities in the Big Ten as well as the University of Chicago, and the Center for Research Libraries.

The process is much like traditional interlibrary loan for book loans, but with a couple of major benefits. First, items requested through UBorrow are guaranteed a 12 week loan period with one four week renewal period. Second, because availability is determined as the request is submitted, items should be received within 5-7 days maximum.

Users can request print books that are available in circulating collections that are not owned by Purdue or are currently unavailable — checked out, missing, on order. If an item is available at Purdue, UBorrow provides the call number and location of the item. If all CIC copies are unavailable, UBorrow automatically makes the request a traditional Interlibrary Loan request. Users should be advised that requests that must be filled through traditional Interlibrary Loan channels will have varying loan periods and turnaround times.

Links to the service are located on the Purdue ILL website, or bookmark http://go.lib.purdue.edu/uborrow.

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About the CIC’s Center for Library Initiatives: The Center for Library Initiatives (CLI) focuses on three objectives–optimizing student and faculty access to the combined resources of our libraries; maximizing cost, time, and space savings; and supporting a collaborative environment where library staff can work together to solve their mutual problems. www.cic.net/Home/Projects/Library

About the Center for Research Libraries: The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines. www.crl.edu