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ALLIES Information: Frequently Asked Questions

Information about the Alabama Libraries Exchange Service, which is a partnership between several Alabama academic libraries.

Printable Frequently Asked Questions

What is ALLIES?

ALLIES is a cooperative service that allows students to borrow books directly from another ALLIES 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 ALLIES system. In addition, JSU students and employees users will be able to request books from these libraries and have them delivered quickly to any library in the ALLIES system.

What Libraries are ALLIES Participants?

  • Auburn University
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of Alabama

What Can I Check Out?

Currently, you can only check out books.

Do I Need a JSU ID to Check Books Out at an ALLIES Library?

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

How Many Books Can I Check Out Through the ALLIES Service at One Time?

The total maximum number of items that may be checked out to an ALLIES 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 ALLIES 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 ALLIES?

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