LINK+ Interlibrary Loan
LINK+: An Enhanced Interlibrary Loan Service for Students, Staff and Faculty
LINK+ is a book request service and union catalog that allows students, faculty and staff of La Sierra University to borrow books not available in their library from LINK+ member libraries. This service generally provides faster delivery time than traditional Interlibrary Loan services.
You should search La Sierra University's online catalog first. If the book requested is not in the Library, click on the "Search LINK+" button to repeat your search in LINK+. To request books, qualified borrowers should click on "request this item" when the book they want is displayed. The system will ask the borrower to identify his/her home institution (La Sierra University) and ask for the borrower's name and student ID number. If the borrower's circulation account is in good standing, he/she will be given the option to request the item.
You can search LINK+ directly if you know that the book you want is not at the Library.
Borrowers can monitor the status of their LINK+ requests through the "Reserves and Patron Information" function in the Online Catalog. When the status of a LINK+ request changes to "LINK+ RECV'D" the book is ready for pickup at the La Sierra University Library Circulation Desk.
If a copy of the book is available at the Library, it cannot be requested through LINK+.
The loan period for a LINK+ book is 21 days. One 2-week renewal is allowed, and there is NO GRACE PERIOD. The fine for late returns is $1.00 per day per book. The replacement charge for a lost LINK+ book is $100.00. Borrowers are allowed 15 LINK+ transactions (including checkouts and requests) at any one time.
Frequently Asked Questions about LINK+
1. What is LINK+?
LINK+ is a book request service which allows students, faculty and staff of La Sierra University and its affiliated users to borrow books from other LINK+ libraries that are not available at the La Sierra University Library. LINK+ is a cooperative venture between the growing list of institutions listed below:
2. Who can use LINK+?
LINK+ loans are available to students, faculty and staff of La Sierra University. Anyone may search LINK+ to check the holdings of the participating libraries.
3. What kind of material can be requested through LINK+?
LINK+ books with a request status of "available" may be ordered through LINK+.
4. Why request books through LINK+?
It is an easy way to quickly get books from the other libraries which participate in LINK+. The LINK+ service usually provides shorter turn-around time than Interlibrary Loan service. There are no forms to fill out and requests may be placed from home, office or anywhere with access to the Online Catalog. Borrowers can monitor the progress of requests at any time by viewing their circulation records.
5. What do I need to order books with LINK+?
Borrowers need to know their university ID number to complete and online request.
6. Can I order books that the La Sierra University owns through LINK+?
If a book is available at our library, it cannot be requested through LINK+. If all copies are checked out, LINK+ may be used.
7. How long will it take to get the book?
If the book is found at the first lending campus, it could be ready for pickup at the La Sierra University Circulation Desk in as quickly as a couple of days. If the book is checked out or missing, it will take longer; the system will automatically request the item from another LINK+ library.
8. How do I check the status of my request?
Use the "Reserves and Patron Information" function in the Library Catalog, and click "View Your Patron Record" to check the status of your request.
9. How do I know when the book is in?
When a book's status is listed as "LINK+ RECV'D", the book is available for pickup at the La Sierra University Library Circulation Desk.
10. How long may I keep it? Can it be renewed?
The loan period is 21 days. One 2-week renewal is allowed, and there is no grace period.
11. Where do I pick up LINK+ books?
You may pickup your books at the La Sierra University Library Circulation Desk.
12. What if a book is not available on LINK+?
If LINK+ cannot fulfill a request, students, faculty and staff of La Sierra University may submit a request through Interlibrary Loan.
13. How many LINK+ books can I borrow at one time?
Borrowers are allowed 15 LINK+ items (including requests) at one time.
14. What are the overdue fines and replacement fees?
Fines are $1.00 per day for each item overdue. The replacement cost for a lost LINK+ book is $100.00 plus the late fine per day for a maximum bill of $115.00.
15. What is the "Visiting Patron" option and how do I use it?
The "Visiting Patron" option of LINK+ allows a La Sierra University student, faculty, or staff with a currently activated account to go to a LINK+ member institution and check out books at that site. The books may be returned either at the owning library or at the borrower's home library. The libraries with an * on the list above do not participate in the Visiting Patron function.
16. Further Questions about LINK+ ?
For questions regarding LINK+, please call
July 3, 2012