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My professor told me s/he put something on reserve. Where can I get it?

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"Course reserves" are specific items that class instructors keep in the library (or on the library website) for students to easily access.

There are 2 types of Reserves:

  1. Physical Reserves (items kept in the library)
  2. Electronic Reserves, or E-reserves (items available online)

You may have to check both places in order to find the reserve materials for your class.

More information about accessing reserves...

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How long does it take to receive Interlibrary Loan materials?

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Every effort is made to obtain requested materials quickly. While some requests can be delivered within 24 hours or a few days, it is best to plan for a one to four week turnaround time.

What do I need to check out an Interlibrary Loan item?

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Bring your UNLV ID to the delivery location you have selected (Lied Circulation, Architecture, Music, or Curriculum Libraries). Your Interlibrary Loan book will be checked out to your ILLiad account, so you will not see it on your regular library circulation record.

What is LINK+ and how does it work?

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LINK+ is an union catalog of contributed holdings from participating libraries in California and Nevada. Currently enrolled UNLV students, staff and faculty can electronically request a book not available in our library, and have it delivered to you for check out (yes, it's free!) Items may arrive at UNLV in 2-4 business days.

To request, please go to http://csul.iii.com/

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What is Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and how does it work?

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Interlibrary Loan is a network of various libraries and institutions in North America that agree to loan items to one another. If the UNLV libraries do not have a book or periodical that you are seeking, we will ask others on the network to send a copy to us so that we may in turn loan it to you. You must be a currently enrolled UNLV student, staff, or faculty. 

To log in or create a new ILL account, please go to http://unlv.illiad.oclc.org/illiad/logon.html

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Can I return UNLV library materials to any other libraries?

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UNLV library books may be returned to libraries in the Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN) system. Media & Computer Services and Interlibrary Loan materials checked out from the UNLV Libraries MUST be returned to the UNLV Libraries.

Books returned to Clark County public libraries will remain charged to your card until they reach the UNLV Libraries, and you will be responsible for fees assessed on overdue materials.

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If I return a book to a book drop, when will it get checked in?

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Book drops across campus are emptied every day. Books that are returned to a book drop when the library is closed will be checked in backdated to the last day when the library was open.

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Can I renew library materials over the phone?

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No. However, if your card is in good standing (i.e., no money owed, no overdue items, library card is not expired) you may renew books online by following the instructions posted at http://www.library.unlv.edu/services/renew_books_online. You may not renew a book if another patron has placed a hold in it.

Exceptions may be made for patrons with disabilities who have made prior arrangements with the Circulation Department.

There is a no-renewal policy for items from the Curriculum Materials Library.

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What should I do if I can't find a book on the shelf where it's supposed to be?

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In Lied, ask for assistance at Circulation Desk. In branch libraries (ASL, CML, or Music), ask for assistance at service counters.

If the book has been checked out, you may place a hold on it at any Circulation Desk. You will be notified by telephone or e-mail (if we have your current e-mail address) when the book is available. If we can't reach you by telephone or e-mail, we will mail you a notice. We will hold the book for you for seven days from the time we call you or seven days from the time we call, e-mail or mail you the notice.

If a book that is supposed to be on the shelf cannot be located, you may complete a Search Request at the Circulation Desk and an in-house search will be initiated. You will be notified when the book is located, or if the book cannot be found within two weeks.

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How many books can I check out?

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All persons affiliated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Community College of Southern Nevada are eligible for an unlimited number of books checked out at one time. Current dues paying members of the Alumni Association, members of the Executive Board of the UNLV Library Society, and students registered for correspondence courses through the UNR Division of Continuing Education may borrow up to ten items.

Public borrowers are limited to a maximum of three books checked out on the system, which includes UNLV and Community College libraries.

How will I be able to get a library card if I am not a student?

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All persons affiliated with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Community College of Southern Nevada are eligible for borrowing privileges with the UNLV Libraries upon registration with any of the Libraries' circulation desks.

To assist members of the local community with their specialized research needs, the UNLV Libraries extend borrowing privileges to the public. Residents of Clark County, ages 18 and older, may borrow books from the UNLV Libraries upon registration. To register the borrower must present a valid Nevada driver's license or Nevada I.D. showing a local street address. The registrant must also allow the UNLV Libraries to place on file the imprint of a valid major credit card.

High school students under age 18 may borrow books if they are enrolled in a for-credit course at UNLV or CCSN or other participating educational institutions.

Current dues paying alumni may borrow books from the UNLV Libraries upon registration. To register the borrower must present a current alumni card and a valid Nevada driver's license or Nevada I.D. showing a local street address.

Active duty military personnel may register by presenting a valid military I.D. card along with proof of residency.

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How can I browse all items in LASR?

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There really isn't any way to do this. The system is designed to let you retrieve particular items.

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How do I get items out of LASR?

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Find the item you want in the library catalog, and click the "request this item" button next to it. A request will be sent to a robotic arm, which will pull the bin in which the item you want is located. An operator will remove the item from the bin and place it at the LASR counter for you to pick up.

Check out our step-by-step instructions on getting an item out of LASR.

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What kinds of things are in LASR?

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  • Bound journals published before 1993
  • Certain documents published by the U.S. Government.
  • Some books with older publication dates
  • Some print indexes to journal articles (such as Chemical Abstracts).
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How do I tell if an item is in LASR?

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In the library catalog, the Location will read "UNLV LASR" and a "request this item" button will appear on the screen (view screenshot).

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What is Lied Automated Storage and Retrieval Unit (LASR?)

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LASR is a storage area where older or less used items are kept in order to make room on the shelves for newer material. It's located on the 1st floor of Lied Library, behind the glass wall opposite the reference desk.

Books and journals can be retrieved from LASR by using the Request This Item button in the catalog:

 

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