Is there a charge for requesting books?
No. ILL is generally free. In rare cases where a cost will be incurred, the library may cover a portion of the fee. However, we reserve the right to deny a request if the item will cost a substantial amount.
How long can I keep my books?
Due dates will be listed on the materials when you receive them in the mail (or pick them up if you are a local student). PASCAL books are loaned for 6 weeks, ILL due dates are determined by the lending library, and SWU books may be kept for 1 month from the date of check-out.
Can I renew?
Books from Rickman Library or those obtained through PASCAL may be renewed. SWU books may be renewed twice for a period of one month each renewal, and PASCAL books may be renewed once for a period of 3 weeks. To renew SWU or PASCAL books, log into your "MySWUcat" account within SWUcat. Renewals for interlibrary loan books are approved or denied by the lending library. To request a renewal on an ILL item, contact Joni Addis.
ONEsearch searches all library information-- books, databases, etc.-- in one place! This eliminates the need to search individual databases, and the question, "Which database do I search?" is now answered!
SWUcat is the library catalog, which searches for books within the library.
Encore is the new statewide shared catalog, replacing PASCALcat. Encore searches for books and ebooks in colleges and universities in South Carolina. The classic catalog PASCALcat is still available here.
Looking for a specific periodical or magazine? Search our Journals A - Z.
Be sure to search the name of your author, not the name of the work. Try an author search and a subject search. This will give you the work and criticism of the work.
When searching for your author, notice the subdivision after the name. For example, --Biography, --Criticism and interpretation. This will help you narrow your search.
ILL is a service provided to students and faculty of Southern Wesleyan University to borrow books, articles, and other materials not included in our library collection. Before requesting an item through ILL, please check SWUcat, Encore, and/or ONEsearch first to make sure Rickman Library or another library in South Carolina can not supply the item you need.
Some items that may be hard (or impossible) to obtain through ILL include: recent popular fiction and bestsellers, dissertations/theses, audio-visual materials, and genealogy materials. We do not borrow or lend textbooks.