Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Search Four Area Library Catalogs in One!

By now, veterans of the Law Library renovation already know that they can borrow those pesky "Unavailable" Law Library materials in person at any of the nearby university libraries from the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), by bringing along a DukeCard.

But now there's an easy way to tell at a glance whether the item you want is available on the shelves at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, or North Carolina State University. SearchTRLN combines the library catalogs from all four TRLN schools into one simple-to-use interface. You can even submit an interlibrary loan request directly from the search results! Items which are available at TRLN libraries should generally arrive within 2 business days.

In May, the Duke University Libraries expect to unveil a customized local version of the SearchTRLN interface, with additional features and functionality for the Duke community. In the meantime, the SearchTRLN mega-catalog is available for a test-drive. Check it out!