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*Research 101

Research Beyond Santa Fe

The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries has many resources that may be helpful to you in researching your topic. You may check out five books for free with your SF ID card. To set up an account, use the UF Reciprocal Borrower Request Form.

To get there from Santa Fe College, take RTS bus route 43, which picks up at S building and passes by Library West. You may ride for free with your SF ID card.

To search for books beyond Santa Fe College, use the Union Catalog. This catalog will allow you search all 28 Florida state colleges and 12 public universities. You can also enter the union catalog from the SF library catalog after performing a search; look for the the link that says "Show items that you can request statewide."

Accessing the Union Catalog

If you find a book you would like to request, click the UBorrow link. Please note that most libraries will not lend eBooks, videos, media, or items in reference or reserve collections.

uBorrow icon

When logging in, your Borrower ID is your 8-digit Santa Fe student ID number (no hyphen), and your PIN is the last four digits of your SF ID number.

UBorrow from Lawrence W. Tyree Library on Vimeo.

This video tutorial will demonstrate how to use UBorrow to request books from other Florida libraries.

As you research in the library catalog, you may find that the Tyree Library does not have the specific books you need for an assignment. The library catalog connects to a service called UBorrow, which allows you to expand your search to all of the Florida public colleges and universities.

To enter the union catalog and use the UBorrow service, click the link that says “Show items that you can request statewide” with the UBorrow icon.

This will take you to the union catalog, showing the results for your search in all 40 libraries, which includes the 28 state colleges and 12 public universities.

Books that are eligible to be borrowed will have the UBorrow icon. eBooks and videos are typically not eligible to be borrowed and will not display the icon.

You may click the title to learn more about a book, or click Show All Locations to see which libraries own the title.

Click the UBorrow icon to request the book.

If you are not already logged in, you will be taken to a log in screen. Your Borrower ID is your 8-digit Santa Fe ID number with no hyphen. Your PIN is the last four digits of your SF ID number.

Use the menu to specify a pickup location. If you wish to pick up the book at the Library, choose Santa Fe/Northwest Campus. If you attend classes at an SF Center, you may choose the Center you prefer.

After placing the request, you will see a confirmation screen.

To see details about your requests, click the Requests button at the top of either the union catalog or the Santa Fe College library catalog.

You will be able to see the status of your requests, along with an option to cancel. Books may take up to two weeks to arrive, although most will be available sooner.

You will receive an email at your official Santa Fe College email when the book has arrived, and you may pick it up at the 1st floor Circulation Desk. Books will be checked out to you for 60 days.

This concludes the video tutorial on using UBorrow. If you need help requesting a book or have any other questions, please contact a librarian:

Building Y, NW Campus

Any book or article that is not owned by Santa Fe College can be requested through interlibrary loan. An interlibrary loan (ILL) involves SF contacting a library that owns the item you need and borrowing it on your behalf. This process is usually free to you, and can take a week or two, so be sure to plan ahead. The book will be held for you at the Circulation Desk, and you will be notified when it is available. If an article is requested, you may ask for it to be delivered to your email. Movies and audiovisual materials are usually unable to be requested through interlibrary loan.

To request an item through interlibrary loan, you may contact a librarian or fill out an ILL form. This form may be accessed through the Library's website by clicking the Student Services link, and then choosing Interlibrary Loan in the navigation.

Alachua County Library District (ACLD)

The Alachua County Library District serves residents of Alachua County.

Bradford County Public Library (BCPL)

The Bradford County Public Library serves residents of Bradford County, and is the closest library to the Andrews Center. All local library services are provided by the Bradford County Public Library through an agreement with Santa Fe College. Santa Fe College students attending classes at the Andrews Center are encouraged to use the library services provided at the Bradford County Public Library.

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