Requesting Materials that the Library Does Not Own
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READThe library recently migrated to a new catalog that lets our patrons borrow books from 30 libraries in central New Jersey. All books that are borrowed from other libraries are sent directly to the library. You will be notified to pick up the book on the HOLD SHELF when it arrives. ALL BOOKS BORROWED THROUGH THE NEW CATALOG ARE FREE. However, books borrowed through the JerseyCat interlibrary loan system will still cost $1.00 per item. **Always be sure to check the new catalog before submitting an interlibrary loan request. In many cases, the item that you are looking for will be on the shelf at one of the member libraries and will be FREE. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, then check JerseyCat or contact the Information Desk at 732-390-6767 to recommend that the library purchase the material.
If you can't find what you're looking for in the Library Catalog, you can:
- Borrow the title from another library using JerseyCat from your home computer to request that the library borrow the item(s) from another library; (instructions).
- Use the request for Materials forms to electronically submit a request that The Library purchase the title.
*Please Note* As of September 1, 2013 The Library has stopped purchasing music CDs. The Library has carefully monitored circulation statistics and discovered that checkouts have dropped drastically over the past five years. The Library recognizes patrons are obtaining music in other formats, such as online streaming and iTunes downloads. The Library will retain its current music collection. Interlibrary loan will be available for music titles that The Library does not own.
Borrowing books from other libraries is called an Interlibrary Loan, or ILL for short! You can now do this yourself, from your own home, with JerseyCat. This service is limited to East Brunswick Public Library cardholders only.
Beginning March 1, 2010 The Library will begin charging a $1.00 fee for all completed interlibrary loan transactions, even if the item is cancelled or not picked up. The fee will be collected as items are picked up at the Circulation Desk. The Library Board approved this small charge for a valuable, but labor intensive, service due to the recent loss of revenue from our municipal appropriations.
Borrowers are responsible for the full replacement cost of lost or damaged books. Exact replacement price is set by the lending library in the range of $25.00 + and often includes an additional handling fee. The default pricing in the computer system and on a billing notice may not be reflective of the actual replacement price.
Directions for using JerseyCat
A few quick tips:
- Users DO NOT have to login in to use the system. You can click on the little arrow in the middle of the screen to remove the login in frame.
- Search qualifiers can be added in Frame 2, but this is not usually necessary.
- Resources can be changed in Frame 3 but should not be changed except when searching the New Jersey Union List of Serials (at the end of the list).
- The browser's Back button does not work. You must navigate using the program commands such as “Back to Results” or “Modify Search.” Each search opens up a new tab.
- Users may need to increase their screen resolution to use this version of JerseyCat. Otherwise, you will not be able to see and use all of the frames. To increase your resolution, right click on your computer's desktop. Select Properties, then select Settings, select a higher resolution until you can see the entire page. If you have increased your screen resolution and the text on the page is too small to read, clicking on the center or right A in the 3As in the top right corner of the screen will increase your text size.
Please note: Before requesting any item through JerseyCat, please check the library catalog to see if the library owns the item you want. The Library will charge $1.00 for each interlibrary loan request for items borrowed from other libraries. This charge will be applied to the customer’s library account upon delivery of the item even if the item is not picked up by the customer.
You may request a maximum of 5 items that this library does not own.
- Click on JerseyCat.
- You will need to be patient until the entry page loads. You will see a message: "Please wait while the Iluminar loads."
- This search interface uses a tabbed display that allows you to submit and navigate between Multiple searches.
- Each time you submit a search a new tab is added for that search.
- Click on Advanced Search on top right side of the toolbar.
The Advanced Search Screen lets you create complex searches.
Tab 1 - Search Terms
- Enter your search terms in the top box.
- Use the drop down in the center box in that column to choose whether your search will contain:
- ALL of these words,
- ANY of these words,
- an exact PHRASE, or
- BEGINS with the words you entered into the top box.
- In the final drop down box in Frame 1 choose whether the words are in the:
- ISBN or
- Any fo the other options that are available
- Note the Add text on the right-edge of the screen.
- This allows you to add another term and define it with And, Or, or Not
- AND - finds items that contain the 1st search term AND a second search term.
- OR - Finds items that contain the 1st search term OR the second search term.
- NOT - Finds items that contain the 1st search term but NOT the second search term.
- You may use up to three search terms in the first frame.
Tab 2 - Filters
This tab allows you to add filters to your search. If you use too many filters, it could severely limit the number of results you get, so don't overdo it with filters.
- Libraries - Lets you limit your search to selected groups of libraries.
- Year of Publication - Lets you limit your search to materials published during a specific year, multiple years or a range of years
- Format - Lets you limit your search to items in a specified media format (Books, Computer files, etc.).
Tab 3 - Resources
This tab allows you to select specific libraries to search using the checkmark next to the library name. Unless you know of a specific library where the book is located and know that it is checked in there, the library recommends that you don't use this section.
Click on the Search button on the right side of the screen.
- Results are displayed in the next frame that opens up. Results are titles with one location. Other locations can be seen by clicking on the Libraries button.
- Click on the title you want. The information about the item is displayed.
- Click on the Request This Item button on the left side of the screen. The request form opens up.
- Fill in the request form. You have to scroll down through the form to fill in all the information. The Fields in red MUST be filled in.
- You will need to fill in these fields:
- Last Name;
- First Name
- Create a Password;
- Library Card Number (the 2934… number on the back of your library card);
- The date by which you need the book (When choosing a Need By date, please allow as much
time as possible. This will allow your request to go to as many potential lenders as needed. Requests that are not filled by this date will go into an EXPIRED status.)
- Telephone Number
- Click Submit button at the bottom of the page. Next, you will see a message
"Your Library Loan request (ex. 123456) has been submitted. You may track the status of your request in the Items from Other Libraries in My Account, if available."
- You will receive notification when your item has arrived. All borrowed items are picked up at the Circulation Desk at the library.
- You may borrow books for 3 weeks
- Media materials (DVDs, CDs, ...) circulate for 2 weeks
If you need additional assistance please call the Information Desk for assistance at 732-390-6767.
If you are looking for materials that are not listed in the Library Catalog, you may also use our online Request for Books, Request for DVDs, or the Request for Audiobooks forms to request that the library purchase them. The library will either purchase the materials or borrow them from another library for you (see ILL or Interlibrary Loan description above) depending upon date of publication, availability, and the price of the item(s). This service is limited to East Brunswick Public Library cardholders.
Submit a Request that The Library purchase your materials
- The Library is no longer accepting requests for software packages or PC games due to vendor licensing restrictions.