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Borrowing from Other Libraries

What are your options?

Option One: Interlibrary Loan
If you need a book that isn't available at Grace Library, you may request the book through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loans are shipped through UPS and require an average of two weeks to arrive and the loan periods tend to be short. 

Option Two: Visit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The Main Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is located at 4400 Forbes Avenue in Oakland which is a short walk or bus ride from Carlow's campus. The Carnegie is the city's main public library and offers a rich mixture of both popular and academic materials. Carlow students may freely use and borrow from the Carnegie. You can get a Carnegie library card if you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You are a resident of Allegheny County - you will be asked to show I.D. and  provide proof of residence.
  • You are a Pennsylvania resident living outside of Allegheny County and you have a library card from your local Access Pennsylvania Library - you will be asked to show I.D., provide proof of residence of local and home address, and provide proof of attendance at Carlow.
  • You are a non-resident willing to pay an annual fee of $30 - you will be asked to show I.D. and provide proof of residence.

Option Three: Visit a Local College or University Library in Person
You may find something at another Pittsburgh university library while searching their online catalogs. If you wish to visit the library yourself and borrow books or use online resources, you may inquire whether they offer guest accounts to non-affiliates (rules vary by institution).

Please Remember

When borrowing from other libraries, you are taking full responsibility for any material you borrow. You are responsible for any fines, services charges, replacement costs, etc., which you incur at these libraries.

Also, any articles obtained for you are subject to the copyright compliance law stated below.

Copyright Compliance, Title 17, U.S.C
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, USC) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy for purposes in excess of "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Carlow University, Grace Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order or an ILL request if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of the copyright law.