How do I borrow a book that's not available through I-Share?

How do I borrow a book that's not available through I-Share?
Can I borrow a book from the University of Chicago using this method?
How long does it take to borrow a book from a non-I-Share library?
Does borrowing a book cost anything? and, if so, how much?
How long can I borrow the book? and, if I need it longer, can I renew it?
Where do I return the book? and what if I'm late?
Whom do I contact if I have questions about my request?

How do I borrow a book that's not available through I-Share?

Click here to go to the WorldCat Discovery database. If you're off campus, you'll need to input your username and  password, where your username is your complete @mccormick.edu, @go.mccormick.edu, or @lstc.edu email address, and your password is your i.d. number. The WorldCat Discovery database searches the holdings of thousands of libraries across the U.S. and around the world. You can search by author, title, subject, ISBN, etc.:


 

Once you've located a book and confirmed that it is not available from JKM or any I-Share library by searching the JKM/I-Share catalog, click on the Request this item from another library link.
 


 

Complete the Request Form, and click on Submit.
 


 

A confirmation of your request will appear.
 


 

Not all libraries whose holdings are represented in the WorldCat Discovery database are willing to share their resources or may choose not to share certain media (e.g.: archival materials, periodicals, microfilm, e-resources, dissertations, etc.) or if an item is unique or rare.

Can I borrow a book from the University of Chicago using this method?

We encourage you to travel the two blocks south to Regenstein to borrow an item in person, as you'll be able to keep it longer than you would if we were to borrow it for you.

How long does it take to borrow a book from a non-I-Share library?

On average, 7-12 business days, depending upon distance, staffing, and whether the lending library ships via USPS (snail mail) or UPS; however, a request can sit in a library's request file from anywhere between 2-8 days. So plan ahead if you need a book from a non-I-Share library.

Does borrowing a book cost anything? and, if so, how much?

We initially place a loan request with those libraries that don't charge or with whom we have a reciprocal no-charge agreement. If the item is not available for free, then we'll contact you and ask you how much you're willing to pay. Libraries charge between $15-25 to fill book requests. If you agree to pay the specified amount, we will invoice you for the amount the lending library is charging. Payment is expected when you pick up the item.

How long can I borrow the book? and, if I need it longer, can I renew it?

Length of loan is determined by the lending library, as is whether or not they're willing to renew a loan. As loans  from non-I-Share libraries are processed outside of the library's circulation system, you will not receive a notice informing you that the book is coming due. If you wish to renew the book, contact us at ask@jkmlibrary.org well in advance of the due date. If an item is unique or requires equipment to use (e.g.: microfilm) some libraries may stipulate that the item be used only on the library premises

Where do I return the book? and what if I'm late?

Please return the book to the JKM circulation desk, if possible, and inform the person behind the desk that the book was borrowed from a non-I-Share library. Because we depend upon the generosity of other libraries to share their materials with the understanding that their materials will either be returned on time and/or renewed before the due date. JKM will charge $1.00/day if materials are not returned to us within 3 working days of the due date.

Whom do I contact if I have questions about my request?

Questions? contact Barry at ask@jkmlibrary.org. Or use the 'Ask a question' function at the right-hand side of the screen.