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Link Plus

How to Use LINK +

1. Search Ignacio for the book you want. At the top of the search results screen, there will be a button that says "Search LINK+". Click this button and your previous search will be redone in the Link + catalog. If your book is available, you will be able to view the libraries that have the book, and you will see a link to "Request This Item."

2. Click on the link to "Request This Item," and follow the instructions. Your item should arrive within four days.

3. When your book(s) arrive, pick them up at the Circulation desk, or, if you are a Regional patron, notify the Distance Learning Services Document Delivery Office.

If you have more questions, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

You can access the LINK+ catalog directly here: LINK+

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Link+ ?

Link+ is a cooperative library project that links the catalogs of participating libraries, and allows USF patrons to electronically request an item from another Link+ library, and have that item quickly delivered to the USF library to be checked-out there.

Participating Libraries.

Who is it for?

Link+ is available to current faculty, staff, and students at USF, excluding the Law School.

How long does it take?

The time between making a request for an available item and picking up the item is approximately 4 business days.

Where do I pick up Link+ items?

Patrons can choose where to pick up their Link+ books from among 30 libraries in California and Nevada. When requesting a book, the default pickup location is USF Gleeson Library/Geschke Center Circulation Desk, located on the 1st floor of the library. Items are held for 10 days at each pickup location. Regional patrons must notify the Distance Learning Services Document Delivery Office when their book arrives.

How long can I keep items?

The loan period is 21 days with renewal requests allowed one time only for 14 days.

How do I renew items?

Requests for renewal are requests only, as the institution that owns the materials may deny the renewal. If the request is accepted, the one-time renewal period is 14 days. If the renewal request is denied, you are responsible to return the book by the due date or fines will accrue. Regional patrons may not renew Link + books.

How to renew items online:

  • Select View Your Library Record on the Library's home page.
  • Log on to your account
  • Select Items Currently Checked Out
  • Select items to renew

Where do I return my Link+ items?

Return your Link+ books to USF Gleeson Library/Geschke Center or the library at any of the 30 Pickup Elsewhere participating institutions.

Can I place a hold on a Link+ item that is checked-out?

Yes, you can request a hold on Link+ material that is already checked-out.

How many requests can I make?

Patrons may have up to 15 Link+ items and outstanding requests at one time.

How do I request an item?

Search for the item in the Ignacio library catalog; if USF does not have the item you want, click on the (SEARCH LINK+) button at the top of the screen. The system will automatically redo the search in the Link+ catalog and display the results in a second frame below the first one. In this second frame, you should select the option to view which Link+ libraries have the item, then click on "Request This Item" and follow directions.

If you use the TELNET version of Ignacio (character-based, non-web) select the Link+ command and the system will automatically search the Link+ Catalog.

What are Link+ fines and replacement costs?

  • The overdue fine for items returned after the due date is $1.00 per day per item.
  • Replacement cost for lost or damaged Link+ books is $115.00 each.

How do I check the status of a Link+ request?

You may monitor the status of Link+ requests in View Your Library Record. Link+ requests are listed under "holds." When the status indicates "RECV’D," the item is ready for pickup.

How can I cancel my request?

You may cancel your request(s) by going to View Your Library Record. Only requests that have a status of "Requested" may be canceled. To cancel requests that are "In Transit" or "Link+ RECV'D" call the Interlibrary Loan Office at 415-422-5385.

  • The request will be accepted only within a 7-day window around the due date (three days before the due date, and three days after).
  • The hold will not create a recall.
  • The hold will remain active for 14 days.
  • When the material becomes available, it will be sent in the regular Link+