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In this video, we'll learn how to access your Library accounts, and how to borrow materials from the WPI library, as well as other libraries.
Let's start with how to check out books from the WPI Library. The first step is to find out if the library has what you need. This can be done by searching the Library catalog, or by browsing the shelves. To check anything out at the library, you will need your WPI ID. Books can be checked out for four weeks at a time, and renewed for up to three four-week periods. Renewals can be made in person, or online using your library account.
You can access your library account through the library website. Just click "Log In" then use either your ID number and last name or your Windows account name and password to log in. You can use your library account to renew items online, or to double-check when an item is due.
In the event that WPI doesn't own the book you need, there are two other options available to you. You could go to one of many central Massachusetts academic libraries as well as the Worcester Public Library and check items out using an ARC card. Or you can request the item through InterLibrary Loan and have it sent to the Library.
To borrow items from other libraries, you'll need an ARC card, which can be obtained at the Information Desk at the library. You can save time by searching for the items you need in WorldCat.org, to see if they are available at nearby libraries.
To have items sent to the WPI Library, you will need to set up your InterLibrary Loan account and request the item through WorldCat.org. Using WorldCat.org, you can search for the items you need. Use the Request link to access InterLibrary Loan. On your first use, you will need to provide some information about yourself.
By placing your InterLibrary Loan request through WorldCat, it will fill in most of the information for you, so that you can submit your request more easily. You can check your InterLibrary Loan account to see your requests and where in the process they are. You will receive an e-mail when the item has made it to the WPI library.
Research Challenge 1 - Click on the link you would use to access your Library Account, then click submit.
Research Challenge 2 - Before you visit another library to get an item you need, what should you do?