Doing Research at a Distance

Academic research has certainly been dramatically affected by online access to databases and digitized collections.  Even so, sometimes it becomes necessary for the serious researcher to travel geographically to a location where specialized or a larger quantity of resources are available.  For USI researchers this is much easier with the Academic Libraries of Indiana’s (ALI) Reciprocal Borrowing Program.  The program was established to promote, enhance, and facilitate research, teaching, and learning in Indiana academic institutions.  Academic libraries participating in the program agree to extend in-person borrowing privileges to faculty, staff, and students of member institutions.  To participate, the borrower needs a signed ALI Borrowers Card form the home institution library, campus identification, and a photo ID with a current address.  The ALI Borrowers Card may be acquired from Rice Library’s Checkout Counter.  There are certain limitations to the program, and the borrower is subject to the rules and regulations of the lending library.  For a complete description of the program along with a link to a printable application form, click here.  Materials borrowed from participating Indiana academic libraries may be dropped off at Rice Library’s Checkout Counter for return to the lending library.  For questions concerning the program, please contact Rice Library’s Checkout Counter at 812/464-1913.
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