Academic libraries generally restrict borrowing to their own students, faculty and staff, but often allow the use of periodicals, reference materials, and books to patrons from other institutions with proper identification.
Public libraries do much the same thing, and Connecticut public libraries honor public library cards from any Connecticut town for any state resident (including temporary student residents). It is always a good idea to call ahead to check on hours, availability of materials, and local library policies.
reQuest, the catalog of Connecticut libraries:
The reQuest catalog (go to http://www.iconn.org/ and click on "Search reQuest - the State Library Catalog") contains the holdings of most Connecticut academic, school, and public libraries, as well as the State Library. The holdings of the libraries immediately below are listed in reQuest, but we have provided separate links so that you may search individual library catalogs:
LION - Libraries Online (consortium of Connecticut libraries)
West Haven residents can get a public library card at:
The West Haven Public Library Main Branch on Elm Street (click for map), or the
The Louis Piantino Branch Library on Forest Road (click for map) or the
The Ora Mason Branch Library on Benham Hill Road (click for map).
The Connecticut State University Library System (CONSULS): Includes the Connecticut State Library as well as libraries at Eastern, Western, Central, and Southern Connecticut State Universities. SCSU, located in New Haven, is the nearest state university facility.
Click for map and directions to Buley Library.
University of Connecticut Libraries - Includes the Homer Babbidge Library in Storrs and five additional campuses around the state.
Connecticut Community College Network - Libraries at twelve locations around the state. The nearest is Gateway Community College with campuses in New Haven and North Haven.
Click for map and directions.
Connecticut academic libraries not in reQuest:
Note: Through reQuest (at http://www.iconn.org ) you can search both the reQuest library catalog as well as Connecticut College, Trinity, Wesleyan and Yale by clicking on "Select iCONN Resources." You then go to "Library Catalogs not in reQuest" and just check off the boxes next to the names of the libraries you want to search.
Libraries outside Connecticut:
Over 7400 pages from libraries in over 125 countries.
Worldwide index of library catalogues.
Library of Congress
The largest library in the world with over 130 million items, serving the U.S. Congress and the American people.
National Libraries of the World
A list of national libraries including those claiming this function but not having the actual title.
Consortium of University Research Libraries (COPAC)
Copac is a union catalogue, giving FREE access to the merged online catalogues of members of the Consortium of Research Libraries (CURL). There are over 31 million records on COPAC representing the merged holdings of 27 CURL member institutions. This includes the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.
The European Library
The European Library is for searching the content of European national libraries.
Google Book Search
Google has digitized many books from library collections. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.
Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog (KVK)
KVK ist ein Meta-Katalog zum Nachweis von mehr als 500 Millionen Büchern und Zeitschriften in Bibliotheks- und Buchhandelskatalogen weltweit.
University Digital Library: Million Book Collection
Carnegie Mellon University is developing the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet. Within 10 years, it is their expectation that the collection will grow to 10 Million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the world 24x7, without regard to nationality or socioeconomic background.
WorldCat (complete subscription version)
Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database of 68 million bibliographic records and 1 billion individual holdings worldwide. Available via FirstSearch in UNH library only. Ask at Information Desk.
WorldCat.org (free version) lets you search for items in many WorldCat libraries without a password. However, this version of WorldCat does not give a complete listing of library holdings, since not all member libraries participate in the open listing project. (The Peterson Library does not.)
Other Borrowing Options:
If you can't find something in our catalog, and aren't able to take books out of another library, UNH faculty, staff and currently enrolled students can use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. ILL request forms for books and articles are available at the library Information Desk, and online from the library's website.
Borrowing Through the Connecticut Council of Academic Library Directors (CCALD) (for UNH faculty/staff only)
this page was last updated 2-13-13