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Info for Regional Centers: Accessing Books

This guide provides information for PLNU Regional Center students, faculty and staff.

Access ebooks

Ryan Library subscribes to thousands of eBooks through two different ebook collections:

  • Ebook Central: This exciting collection of scholarly ebooks provides access to over 140,000 scholarly and reference books, including many award-winning titles. Users can create a "bookshelf" to organize their own content. This collection is integrated into WorldCat, or may be searched separately using Ebook Central link.
  • EBSCO ebooks: This collection provides full-text access to hundreds of digital version of books on a variety of subjects.

Ask a Librarian

Chat with a librarian here! 

You can also connect via text message at 619-592-8884 or by email.

Find Books @ Ryan Library

WorldCat is the tool you need to research books (and more). With one search, you will find:

  • Books and media materials at PLNU
  • ebooks available through PLNU
  • Articles from some of our most-used databases
  • Books available for InterLibrary Loan through Camino
  • Books available through WorldCat at other institutions (request through InterLibrary Loan)

A few things you should know:

  • For books found in Ryan Library, the check out period for PLNU students is 3 weeks, with an option to renew for an additional 3 weeks.
  • For books borrowed through Camino, the check out period is 5 weeks, with no option to renew.
  • You can renew books online by logging in and using the "My Library Account" link in the upper right of the screen.

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Access Books from other Libraries

ILLiad

  • Use ILLiad, PLNU's Interlibrary Loan program, to request books that are unavailable at PLNU or Link+. 
  • ILLiad requests take 7-10 business days.
  • FYI, ILLiad works best in Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari browsers (there are some problems with Internet Explorer).
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If you do not yet have an ILLiad account, use this button:

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Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

Use these one of these options when requesting items that are not available at Ryan Library:

Camino

  • Only books can be requested from Camino.
  • Books requested via Camino take 2-5 business days.
  • Loan period is 45 days.
  • Books cannot be renewed.
  • Overdue fines will apply.   
  • Books must be picked up from the Point Loma campus.

      InterLibrary Loan

  • Articles, books and other materials can be requested from InterLibrary Loan.
  • Books requested via InterLibrary Loan may take a minumum of 7-10 business days.
  • Loan periods and renewal availability varies depending on the participating libraries.
  • Overdue fines will apply.

Click Here for ILL Request Form

Please select either the article or book form