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Frequently Asked Questions About Universal Borrowing
(Alabama Libraries Exchange Service)

What is Universal Borrowing?
What libraries are Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) participants?
What types of materials can I check out?
Do I need an AUM ID to check books out at a Universal Borrowing (ALLIES)?
How many books can I check out through this service at a time?
How long can I keep the books?
Where do I return books borrowed through Universal Borrowing (ALLIES)?
How can I request books from Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) online?
Can Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) books be renewed? Can I do it online?
How can I find out about my requests, overdue books, or fines?

 

What is Universal Borrowing?

Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) is a cooperative service that allows students to borrow books directly from another ALLIES partner library. AUM 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, AUM student and employee users will be able to request books from these libraries and have them delivered quickly to any library in the ALLIES system through the library catalog.

 

What libraries are Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) participants?

The participants in universal borrowing operate under the heading of ALLIES, which stands for “Alabama Libraries Exchange Service.” The libraries participating in universal borrowing include:

  • Auburn University
  • Auburn University at Montgomery
  • Jacksonville State University
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham (Sterne Library)

 

What types of materials can I check out?

Books only.

 

Do I need an AUM ID to check books out at a Universal Borrowing (ALLIES)?

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

 

How many books can I check out through this service at a time?

The total maximum number of items that may be checked out to a Universal Borrowing (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 Universal Borrowing (ALLIES)?

You may return books borrowed through the Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) system to any Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) participating library.

 

How can I request books from Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) online?

A Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) request can be entered from the WebVoyage catalog:

  1. Go to the AUM Library Home Page @ http://aumnicat.aum.edu
  2. Click on the link to the AUM Library Catalog, and then look across the top for the "Remote" button and click it
  3. Follow the on screen instructions to select the database (catalog) that you wish to search. If you're an AUM student, under Local Library, select Auburn University at Montgomery. Choose the library you'd like to borrow a book from (Auburn University, Jacksonville State University, University of Alabama, University of Alabama at Birmingham). Then click CONNECT.
  4. Enter the keywords for the item you wish to locate and click on SEARCH.
  5. Click on the catalog entry for the item to retrieve the complete catalog record.
  6. Click on the REQUEST button.
  7. Enter your AUM student number and last name and click on the "Submit Request" button.
  8. On the next screen "Please Choose the Type of Request" the box should say UB REQUEST. Click OK.
  9. Complete the information on the WebVoyage Request: UB_Request form that follows and click SUBMIT REQUEST.
  10. "Your patron initiated request was successful" message will scroll across the screen if the request was successfully completed.
  11. You will receive an email message or phone call when the item(s) is available.
  12. VERY IMPORTANT: you must logout of the patron information option.

 

Can Universal Borrowing (ALLIES) books be renewed? Can I do it online?

Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff, including retirees, can renew ALLIES items once online:

  1. Go to the AUM Library Home Page @ http://aumnicat.aum.edu
  2. Click on the link to the AUM Library Catalog, and then look across the top for the "Patron" button and click it.
  3. Follow the screen instructions and click the "Login" button.
  4. Click on the renewal box of each item you wish to renew.
  5. Click the "Renew Items" button at the bottom of the list.
  6. Check each title to make sure the item has been renewed and to find out your new due date. If the display reads "Not Renewed," the due date on the item has NOT been extended. Bring the item to the Access Services Desk by the original due date listed.
  7. VERY IMPORTANT: you must logout of the patron information option.

 

How can I find out about my requests, overdue books, or fines?

Your personal record (patron information) shows the titles you currently have checked out and when they are to be returned. It shows the status of books you requested from an ALLIES library. It will indicate if a book that you requested has arrived and is waiting for you to pick up. Your record also shows any overdue fines and fees you may have incurred.

  1. Go to the AUM Library Home Page @ http://aumnicat.aum.edu
  2. Click on the link to the AUM Library Catalog, and then look across the top for the "Patron" button and click it
  3. Follow the on screen instructions and enter your AUM student number (the number 2, a zero, your AUM student number (without dashes), and another zero) and your last name in the boxes.
  4. Click the "Login" button.
  5. You should see your personal information.
  6. VERY IMPORTANT: you must logout of the patron information option.

 

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For information or assistance consult our reference department at 334-244-3649 OR Access Services department at 334-244-3647, or e-mail Ask a Librarian.

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