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You Go and Get the Materials
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
The public library of the city of Pittsburgh, with a main branch in Oakland, as well as many other branches. Get a library card by going to CLP and showing proof of Allegheny County residence, or fill out an Online Library Card Application
. You can easily walk to the Oakland branch in about 10 minutes or less
University of Pittsburgh
Get a special patron borrowing card at the Hillman Library Circualtion Desk. You can then go borrow books from some of their libraries. See details on Special Borrower Card
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Using Other Libraries
You can also go and borrow books from Duquesne, Chatham, and Carlow. In order to get the books, you'll need to get a special form from the reference librarians here, and then take that with you when you go to the other libraries. Librarians at those libraries must then sign the form in order for you to take out the books. For links see Borrowing & Renewing: Other Libraries
Options for Getting Books
If we don't have the books you need, you have several options. What you choose to do may depend on your time frame, what is available locally, and where you are willing to go to get the materials.
We Get It For You
You search the library catalogs of libraries in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Once you find the item you want, make sure it's available and place the request. The book will usually come in to the library you choose (E&S or Hunt) in about 3-5 days. You'll get an email when it's available for you to pick up. You can login with your Andrew ID.
ILLiad is our interlibary loan system. If you've never used it before you'll need to register for the service (a quick process). Once registered, you fill out a form for the book you want. Usually it takes 7-10 days to get the book. You'll get an email when the item is available for you to pick up. You can see the progress of your request on the ILLiad system.
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