Important Information About Books
Finding Books @ the LWLC
STEP 1: Visit www.lib.alasu.edu and enter a term, name, or phrase in the search box.
STEP 2: Narrow (limit) your search.
STEP 3: Click on a title.
Finding eBooks @ the LWLC
Search for fiction and nonfiction titles by using WorldCat or by clicking on eBooks--both available on the library's homepage:
For fiction titles in eBook format, click Databases, and then select OverDrive.
What is interlibrary loan?
Interlibrary loan is a campus based service provided for our faculty, staff, and students which allows you the capability to obtain some material (s) not available in the Levi Watkins Learning Center as a loan from another institution. It is important to note that not ALL material you may want to request is eligible for interlibrary loan and some items require payment to obtain. Rare books, books with publication years within the last five years, books older than 50 years and limited edition titles are a few of the items we are unable to obtain
Who can use it?
Current faculty, staff, students and graduate students of Alabama State University may use interlibrary loan to enhance course-related assignments and/or research projects. Patrons using Interlibrary loan accept responsibility for the use of the borrowed item(s), this includes physical appearance of books or audio visual material, returning material within the loan period and any or all damages incurred while in their possession. There is no requirement for return of periodical articles; however, reproduced documents are subject to copyright laws. Lost and/or damage fees as well as overdue fees are established by the lending institution and not negotiable by the borrower.
Where is it located?
The interlibrary loan pick-up and drop-off is located at the LWLC’s first floor Information Desk. A current, valid ASU ID card is required to pick up ILL materials. Please DO NOT place Interlibrary loan materials in the book drop! All interlibrary loan materials must be returned to the Information Desk. If an item is lost before being received back by the Interlibrary Loan staff, YOU, the patron will be responsible for paying the total cost of the book including processing fees as established by the lending institution.
How do I use interlibrary loan?
You may submit an interlibrary loan request for a book loan or periodical copy using the online request form link which is found within the Worldcat Discovery search tool from the library’s homepage (www.lib.alasu.edu). Under the heading Libraries Worldwide click Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan. Once the request has been received, it will be processed by the Interlibrary Loan staff. Material owned by ASU and housed in a non-circulating collection WILL NOT be requested for loan. For the most effective results in using the interlibrary loan service, place your request(s) at least 15-30 days before you actually need the material. Requests are typically generated using a five library lending string and could take upwards of 25 days to be received. Rush requests (Needed in one to two days from submitting) are submitted using the lending institution’s policy for RUSH and incurs a fee set by that institution. You are encouraged to contact the faculty liaison to your department for questions you may have about completing the form online. Paper request forms are available at the first floor Information Desk and must be completed in its entirety before being processed. Requests emailed or left as voice messages to the interlibrary loan office phone or interlibrary loan staff office phones WILL NOT be processed. In the instance that a loan request incurs a fee to obtain, you will be notified, and only upon your consent will that loan be processed. Fees for interlibrary loan materials are not part of the fees accessed to students on their student account, nor are they absorbed into departmental budgets for faculty or staff. They are out of pocket expenses that will be the total responsibility of the borrower. As often as possible, requests are submitted to non-charging institutions and can be filled at no charge to you.
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific 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 or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
For your Convenience
Alabama State University is a participating member of the Montgomery Higher Education Consortium. You are eligible to charge books out directly from the following Montgomery libraries who are in partnership with us: Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University, Huntingdon College, Troy University Montgomery, and Alabama Public Library Services. Visit the first floor Information Desk to complete a consortium application and have the current year consortium sticker placed on your valid ASU ID and you’re all set. If you have an outstanding balance for past due or lost items with the LWLC, or an unresolved interlibrary loan balance, you are unable to obtain the sticker or use the consortium services.
Interlibrary Loan Department LWLC 1140 N. University Dr Montgomery AL 36101 334-229-5108