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User Services : Universal Borrowing

Welcome to the Houston Cole Library's User Services Page

Universal Borrowing (UB)

Universal Borrowing (UB) is a cooperative service that allows JSU students and employees to borrow books directly from another UB partner library. JSU students and employees will be able to walk into a participating library and check out materials using a photo ID. Materials can be returned to any library in the UB system. In addition, JSU students and employees will be able to request books from these libraries and have them delivered quickly to any library in the UB system.

Universal Borrowing (UB) may also be referred to as the ALabama LIbraries Exchange Service (ALLIES).

  What can I check out?

Books that are not owned by JSU's Library.

  Do I need a JSU ID to check books out at an UB library?

A current University ID is preferred. However, a photo ID will be accepted.

  How can I request books from UB libraries online?

Go to the ALLIES page to search other library catalogs. Place a request for the book with your JSU ID number and your last name. An e-mail will be sent when the book is available to be picked up at the JSU Library

  How many books can I check out through the UB service at one time?

The total maximum number of items that may be checked out to an UB patron at any time is 100. This limit does not include items from the patron's home institution. Each institution will set its own local limit of items that may be checked out to an UB patron; the local limits may vary among institutions.

  How long can I keep the books?

28 days or the end of the semester, whichever comes first.

  Where do I return books borrowed through UB?

You may return books borrowed through the UB system to any UB participating library.

  Can UB books be renewed? Can I do it online?

Currently enrolled students, faculty, administrative staff, and staff, including retirees, can renew UB items one time online. Go to Your Library Account to renew the items you wish to keep longer. Check each title to make sure the item has been renewed and to find out your new due date. If the display reads "Not Renewed," the due date on the item has NOT been extended. Bring the item to the Circulation Desk by the original due date listed.