Frequently Asked Questions

FAQS: Circulation

Unbound periodicals and non-barcoded items do not circulate.
Reference books, bound periodical volumes, and other non-circulating materials may only be borrowed after obtaining special permission from the Research Help Desk or the Music Center Desk.

For more information, see the Special Permissions policy located on the Library's Circulation Policy page

 

Yes. Ithaca College students, staff, and faculty are eligible to apply for a local resident library card. This card, which must be renewed annually, allows the holder to borrow circulating materials from any of the Cornell libraries. Borrowed items are subject to these loan periods and permissions. Please visit this page for more information.
The Library has a collection of audiobooks on CD and Playaway format (MP3 player). Each Playaway title includes an audio cord for use in your car.
As a general rule, the Library does not collect textbooks for courses offered at the College. This is not because we are trying to make students' financial situations more challenging.  

During a typical academic year, there are approximately 2800 undergraduate and 450 graduate courses taught at IC. Using 3 texts as the average required for each course, this equals approximately 9750 books.  Also, textbooks tend to be frequently updated.

In recent academic years, the Library budget has allowed for the purchase approximately 5,800 new books and ebooks to support the current research needs of all departments and programs on campus.

We  do not have the funds to purchase current textbooks, while at the same time supporting student and faculty research needs.

Faculty sometimes place copies of textbooks or chapters from texts on reserve or ereserve.  If you’re not sure whether your professor has put your course’s textbook on reserve, search the Reserves site to see what is available.

Please note that, as academic libraries generally do not purchase textbooks, they are not available on interlibrary loan.   The IC Library does not fill Interlibrary Loan requests for textbooks in current use at the College.  

The Ithaca College Bookstore provides a rental service and sells textbooks.  Additional rental/purchase sites:
Amazon (also rents textbooks)
Bigwords.com
BookLookr
BooksPrice
BookRenter
BookSpot: Textbooks
CampusBookRentals.com
CengageBrain
Chegg
CollegeBookRenter.com
Half.com
Open Access Textbooks
OpenStax College
PickTextBooks
SlugBooks
Textbookspy
The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.
If you are faculty, staff, student or retiree, the interlibrary loan department can scan the article and send you a link via your Ithaca College e-mail account.

To request an article, log in to your Interlibrary Loan account and select Journal Article from the left side bar.
If you need a reserve book or a laptop that is currently checked out, the Circulation Desk can send you a cell phone text message when the item becomes available. You may request this service at the Circulation Desk.
Faculty retain their college ID when they retire and may borrow books and media upon presenting the ID at the Circulation or Multimedia Desk.
Retired staff may apply for an Affiliate Borrower Card.

Retirees may access library databases, where permitted by the terms of vendor contracts, using their Netpass username and password.
The Circulation Desk has external USB CD/DVD drives, which may be borrowed for seven days.
Recall option will display for items Checked Out:
  1. Locate the item you want from the library search box.
  2. Click Sign in for full features and results.
  3. Click the Request link.
  4. Select the Pickup location from the drop-down menu.
  5. Enter the "Not Needed After" date and comments that may be helpful for library staff.
  6. Click the Request link.

Pickup/Delivery option will display for Available items:   
Click on this option to have an item retrieved from the library stacks and held for you at the Circulation or Multimedia desk as appropriate; items are held for 7 days.

NOTE: faculty may request items to be delivered by selecting the delivery location when requesting an item.

Books and score are delivered Monday - Friday during regular business hours ; multimedia materials are delivered Monday-Friday at 8:30am.
Yearbooks are in the Ithaca College Archives . The Archives has yearbooks (the Cayugan) and the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, from the 1920s through 2005. Yearbooks have not been published since 2005. These items do not circulate. To view these items, please call the Archives at (607) 274-3096, or e-mail archives@ithaca.edu for specific hours.

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