LINK+ is a single, searchable catalog for books, videos, DVDs, and other materials available in over 45+ participating academic and public libraries in California and Nevada. It allows Alliant students, faculty & staff members to request, though the LINK+ web page, an item not available at one of the Alliant libraries, but available at one of the other participating libraries, and to have that item delivered to their home library or “Pickup Anywhere” location for check out. Check LINK+ before filing out an interlibrary loan request or placing a hold on an Alliant book that is checked out.
Who can use LINK+?
LINK+ is available to currently enrolled students, faculty and staff members who have an active library account and 14-digit barcode issued from their home Alliant library. Contact your campuses One-Card office if you need information on obtaining an Alliant Identification (ID) card. To activate your library account either bring your current ID card to the Circulation Desk at your home library or fill out the “account activation form” located on the library’s home page.
Why use LINK+?
The LINK+ system provides access to many more books than the Alliant library system can provide. If you need a particular book that Alliant does not own or if all available copies are checked out, you can see if another LINK+ library has the book.
How quickly will an item be available for pick up?
Requested items should be available for pickup at the circulation desk of your home library within 4-7 (no deliveries on the weekend). It is very important that the library has your correct email address (notices are sent more quickly by email) or home address (for print notices). You can also set up SMS Alerts (standard messaging rates apply). You should always check the due dates and the status of your holds from the “My Library Account” link on the Alliant Library page. Enter your full name and 14-digit barcode or ID number in the appropriate boxes. Items that are ready for pickup should have the status “Ready for Pickup” or “LINK+ Rec’d”.
How long will the library hold an item?
Items will be held for pick up for 10 days from the date the item was received in the library. Check your library account frequently to see if items have been received. If you are receiving your notices by email it is very important that you check it regularly. Pickup notices are a courtesy and occasionally are undeliverable or bounce back for various reasons including full mailboxes and spam protection software. Make sure your account accepts email from Alliant Libraries. Items will be sent back promptly after 10 days. If you can’t pickup before the 10 days is up please call the circulation supervisor to see if items can be held a little while longer.
How many requests can I make?
Currently there is no limit on the number of requests.
How do I cancel a LINK+ request?
A LINK+ request can be cancelled in the “My Library Account” option under holds. If an item still has a “Requested” or “Available” status it may be cancelled. If the item is “In Transit” or “LINK+ Recv’d” the request may not be cancelled. If you have received a notice by email or mail for an item you no longer need please contact your home library so the item can be returned to the loaning library.
Can I visit other LINK+ libraries?
Some LINK+ libraries will allow walk-in visitors from other LINK+ libraries’ patrons (List of visiting libraries). You must bring your library/I.D. card with the 14-digit barcode and your account needs to be current with no billed books or overdue fines.
For additional information about LINK+ check the following links:
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