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Using the Library Catalog

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Getting Your Items

This guide will get you started finding and getting materials through the BC Libraries Catalog.

Finding Items: The Results List

If all you need is a location and call number, you needn't go any further than the results list. Check the table called "How do I get my Material?" to see options for different location descriptions.

Screenshot of catalog results list, showing library, location, call number, and availability

Finding Items: The Detailed Record

Click on any title in the results to get full information. Sometimes you might see an item listed at multiple libraries, or a link to get the item online. After signing in, depending on item availability and your status, you may also see a request option in addition to "Request Book Chapter." Click "locate" to get a map with your item's location in O'Neill Library, and a link to text the location to your phone.

Screenshot of catalog record with information for finding an item and recording its information, including "Find in O'Neill Library, Stacks, E185.625 H55 2006,” the array of 9 “Send to” links, including RefWorks, Email, and Print; “Request Items and Save Results” with a link to sign in; a link to Request Book Chapter; another instance of “O’Neill Stacks, E185.625 H55 2005”; a Locate link; “(1 copy, 1 available, 0 requests)”, and finally “Item in Library.”

How do I get my items?

Location Options
Find Online Click the link provided to access an electronic version. (The link is often the name of a publisher or ebook collection, e.g. "Hathitrust," "EBOOK CENTRAL," "JSTOR," etc.)
Stacks Find at call# location in library shelving of the specified library. In O'Neill, these are on floors 3-5; click the "locate" button to see a map. Paper maps are available at service desks. If the item is located at a library inconvenient for you, sign in to request it to be delivered to a convenient library. If you only need one chapter and would like it delivered electronically, sign in to request a scanned chapter or article.
Course Reserves Write down the call# and bring it to the circulation/service desk in the library specified. 
Offsite Sign in and click the Request link. The item will be delivered to the library you specify within a few days; you will receive an email alert when it is available.
Reference Find at call# location in Reference area; in O'Neill, this is near the elevators on floor 3. Reference items cannot be checked out: use in the library only.
Media "Media 7 day" cd's and dvd's are shelved behind the Reference area in O'Neill Library. "Media 7 day/3day Circulation," are stored behind the O'Neill Circulation desk; ask staff for assistance.
Pop Collection Find the item in the pop collection in the O'Neill Lobby.
Not Available The item could be currently on loan or in processing. Sign in and request it.
Stacks No Loan Find item at the call# location; item can be used only in the library.
New Books The item is shelved on the first floor near the service desk.

 

Location Options
Available Online Click the link provided. It is often a journal publisher name, such as ScienceDirect or Taylor & Francis. If there are multiple listings, be sure to choose one whose coverage dates include the date you need.
Stacks Find at call# location in specified library. The item will likely be in a hardcover bound collection of journals, often by year. Find the bound volume that includes your year/issue. OR sign in and request a scanned copy, and you should get an email alert within a few days.
Current Periodicals Find at call# location among current periodicals in the specified library. In O'Neill Library, current periodicals are behind the ITS Help services on floor 3.
Not Found Online Click the Request Item link, sign in, and finish filling out the ILL request form. You should get an email within a few days alerting you to electronic availability of the article.

 

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How long can I borrow items?

Format Loan Period Maximum Renewal Period 4 Loan Limits
Book 1 year 4 years 500
ERC Materials 14 days 4 years 500
Daily Technology1 4 days Not renewable 1
Hourly Technology2 2 or 4 hours Not renewable  2
Course Reserves - Print 2 or 24 hours Not renewable 1
Course Reserves - Media 3 hours Not renewable 1
Main Desk Media 7 days Not renewable 1
Pop DVD 4 days Not renewable 2
Pop Reading 28 days Not renewable 2
Pop eBooks 7-21 days Not renewable 3
Media3 7 days 35 days 4

1: iPads, Laptops, Flip Cameras
2: Laptop Chargers, Headphones, VGA Adaptors, Graphing Calculators
3: DVDs, VHS, CDs, POP DVD, Laserdisks, Vinyl, Cassettes, & CD ROMS
4: Renewal Period: Most loans can be renewed an unlimited number of times during the renewal period unless recalled.  Items must be returned to the library when the renewal period expires.

Format Loan Period Maximum Renewal Period4 Loan Limits
Book 28 days 224 days 150
ERC Materials 14 days 224 days 150
Daily Technology1 4 days Not renewable 1
Hourly Technology2 2 or 4 hours Not renewable  2
Course Reserves - Print 2 or 24 hours Not renewable 1
Course Reserves - Media 3 hours Not renewable 1
Main Desk Media 7 days Not renewable 1
Pop DVD 4 days Not renewable 2
Pop Reading 28 days Not renewable 2
Pop eBooks 7-21 days Not renewable 3
Media3 7 days 35 days 4

1: iPads, Laptops, Flip Cameras
2: Laptop chargers, Headphones, VGA Adaptors, Graphing Calculators
3: DVDs, VHS, CDs, POP DVD, laserdisks, Vinyl, Cassettes, & CD ROMS
4:Renewal Period:Most loans can be renewed an unlimited number of times during the renewal period unless recalled. Items must be returned to the library when the renewal period expires.

Format Loan Period Maximum Renewal Period4 Loan Limits
Book 120 days 960 days 500
ERC Materials 14 days 960 days 500
Daily Technology1 4 days Not Renewable 1
Hourly Technology2 2 or 4 hours Not Renewable  2
Course Reserves - Print 2 or 24 hours Not Renewable 1
Course Reserves - Media 3 hours Not Renewable 1
Main Desk Media 7 days Not Renewable 1
Pop DVD 4 days Not Renewable 2
Pop Reading 28 days Not Renewable 2
Pop eBooks 7-21 days Not Renewable 3
Media3 7 days 35 days 4

1: iPads, Laptops, Flip Cameras
2: Laptop chargers, Headphones, VGA Adaptors, Graphing Calculators
3: DVDs, VHS, CDs, POP DVD, laserdisks, Vinyl, Cassettes, & CD ROMS
4:Renewal Period:Most loans can be renewed an unlimited number of times during the renewal period unless recalled. Items must be returned to the library when the renewal period expires.

Format Loan Period Maximum Renewal Period3 Loan Limits
Book 28 days 56 days 10
Pop DVD 4 days None 2
Pop Reading 28 days None 2
Media1 7 days 7 days 4
Hourly Technology2 4 hours None 1

1:DVDs, VHS, CDs, POP DVD, laserdisks, Vinyl, Cassettes, & CD ROMS
2. Alumni may check out hourly technology (headphones, laptop chargers, calculators) as available at the O'Neill, Bapst and Social Work Libraries. 
3:Renewal Period:Most loans can be renewed an unlimited number of times during the renewal period unless recalled. Items must be returned to the library when the renewal period expires.

**Alumni/Guests are not able to check out Daily technology (iPads, Laptops etc.),  Print or Media course reserves, Circulation 7 day media, or Popular e-books.
Guests are also not able to check out Hourly technology (headphones, laptop chargers, calculators).

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Temporary Fix: Adding Catalog Records to Zotero

The catalog at BC Libraries is currently unable to interface directly with zotero; below is a simple workaround for importing RIS records from the catalog.