Delivery and Interlibrary Loan:
E-ZBorrow: The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) Project
The Rutgers University Libraries are a member of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) and participate in PALCI's E-ZBorrow program for the expedited delivery of books. Participating libraries include Carnegie Mellon, Pennsylvania State and Temple Universities, and the Universities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Journal articles are not available through this service.
Rutgers University students, faculty, and staff are eligible to log-in, search the E-ZBorrow Discovery Interface, and place E-ZBorrow requests. Borrowers in affiliated programs who are eligible for interlibrary loan service may also use E-ZBorrow. Students, faculty, and staff at off-campus locations and research stations are eligible, but delivery is to libraries on-campus only. Unaffiliated users may not access the E-ZBorrow Discovery Interface
Guidelines for Placing Requests
Use E-ZBorrow to request books either not owned or checked out at Rutgers. Requests may also be placed for books available only as a reference or reserve item at Rutgers, noted as missing in the Library Catalog, and in a non-circulating library or collection. Journal articles are not available through this service.
Books that normally circulate from participating libraries will be loaned. Journals or journal articles, e-books, films, videos, CDs, and rare materials are generally not eligible.
The target time frame for delivery to any Rutgers pick-up library is 5-7 working days. If your request cannot be filled by E-ZBorrow, you will be notified and asked if you wish to request your book through interlibrary loan.
How to Place an E-ZBorrow Request
Connect to the E-ZBorrow Discovery Interface by entering your Rutgers NetID and password on the E-ZBorrow log-in screen. Borrowers in affiliated programs who are eligible for E-ZBorrow may login with their library barcodes and PINs.
The E-ZBorrow Discovery page defaults to the simple search entry. If you wish to perform a more advanced search, click on the "Advanced Search" box in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Advanced search supports phrase and Boolean searches.
Enter your search terms and click on "Search." The catalogs of all participating libraries are searched at the same time. By default, results display in order of relevance but can be changed on-the-fly to sort by title, newest, or oldest. Click on a title to view more details.
The loan period for E-ZBorrow books is six weeks for all borrowers. One renewal is allowed for an additional six weeks. Books will be held for 14 days and if not picked up will be returned to the lending library. The PALCI libraries have cooperatively agreed to this loan period.
When an E-ZBorrow book is recalled, you will receive an email notice from the Rutgers University Libraries with a new 7 day due date. Rutgers libraries recall fines will apply if a book borrowed from a PALCI library is not returned by its new due date. Borrowing privileges at Rutgers University Libraries will be suspended if recall fines are owed or E-ZBorrow books are overdue.
E-ZBorrow is based on reciprocal and cooperative agreements with other libraries. These partnerships were formed with the understanding that the borrowing library and individual borrower have the responsibility to treat the borrowed materials as they would the property of their own library and to return them within established time frames in good condition. Failure to do so jeopardizes our ability to continue cooperative arrangements with these institutions in the future.
E-ZBorrow books may be renewed in your "MY ACCOUNT" for one additional six week loan period. The six week renewal loan takes effect on the day you make the renewal; six weeks are not added to your original due date unless you wait to renew on that date. E-ZBorrow books cannot be renewed if they are not renewed within seven (7) days from the initial due date.
If you wish to cancel an E-ZBorrow request, write to Ask A Librarian and include the RTG-request number.
There is no charge to you for E-ZBorrow unless you lose or damage a borrowed book. Replacement charges and processing fees for lost E-ZBorrow materials are assessed at $102 per item when they are seven days overdue.
Notification and Delivery
You will be notified by email at your email address on file with the Libraries when your request has been placed. To view a list of your E-ZBorrow requests, logon to the E-ZBorrow Discovery Interface and click on "My Account."
You will receive another email notification when E-ZBorrow books arrive and are being held for you at your pickup library. You will also be notified about book availability in your "MY ACCOUNT" file in the Library Catalog.
The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc. (PALCI) is a membership organization formed in 1996 as a grassroots federation of private and public academic libraries. The primary mission of the group is to spur the development of library cooperation within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and its focus has been the improvement of virtual library services among member institutions. In addition to development of the E-ZBorrow service, PALCI has negotiated consortium licensing agreements for databases and electronic journals. A list of libraries participating in the PALCI virtual union catalog and E-ZBorrow program is available on the PALCI website. Rutgers is the first library outside the Commonwealth invited to participate in PALCI activities.
Have a question about E-ZBorrow? Use the Ask a Librarian service to submit questions about accessing E-ZBorrow, searching the E-ZBorrow Discovery Interface, placing requests, or the status of your outstanding requests. Rutgers librarians or library staff will respond to your question via email.
Last updated August 16, 2012