Schaffer Library

Circulation and Reserves

How To Request a Book in Primo

Login to Primo using your Union College username and password.

Search in Primo for the title you wish to request. Using the drop down menu, limit your search to *Physical Items (in Schaffer Library).

Find the title that you want and click on it. Scroll down to the GET IT box in the middle of the page. Click on the button Request for Pickup at the Circulation Desk.

Click on Submit. You should get a green confirmation message indicating that your request was successfully submitted.

You will be sent an email when your request is ready for pickup. Your request will be placed on the library hold shelf (located just left of the entrance vestibule). The item will already be checked out to you when you pick it up.

Due to high volume at the beginning of the term, book requests can take 24-48 hours to be processed.

*Please be advised that we do have some books (or copies) in electronic format.

Library Borrowing Policies - COVID 19

Shipping and Scanning Instructions for Union Students and Faculty

To request to have a Schaffer book mailed to your home:

Login to Primo. Search for the material and click on the title. Scroll down to Get It on the title information page. Click on “Request for pickup at Circulation Desk.” Type “Ship to me” in the comment field. Do not select a pickup date. Click on "Send Request." You will receive a confirmation email from a library staff person.

screen shot on how to pick from shelf

Scan an Article or Book Chapter

If you require a scan of an article or a book chapter, please send us an email with the citation information for the material that you would like to have scanned. Send the email to: Libreprt@union.edu. If the material is available, we will scan it and send it to your Union College email address. You will be contacted via email if the material is unavailable.

Scan a Book

Book scanning requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please check The HathiTrust Digital Library before submitting a request. Send your book scan requests to: Libreprt@union.edu

Please be advised that the scanning and shipping services are subject to change due to developments associated with COVID 19.

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