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Interlibrary Loan: ILL Alternatives: Home
Here are alternate resources to finding library materials
Can't wait for ILL materials? Consider these alternate resources, alongside the Mertz Library.
Search your local library catalog and see what's available in your area. Anyone who lives, works, or attends school in New York State is eligible to apply for a free, public library card. To retrieve materials, apply online for an electronic library card or visit your local public library for a physical card - ( click the links below) :
You can read thousands of electronic books and hear audiobooks by downloading the library reading app on your electronic device , Libby App by Overdrive .
Using your public library barcode ( NYPL, BKLYN, QPL) users can access a wealth of information for FREE!
Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
(METRO) library referrals - grants a single-day, on-site access pass to associated member libraries, based on the need for an item that is otherwise unavailable.
To place a METRO request, consult with a librarian via email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Mertz Library circulation desk.
*** (Outside library reopening plans vary, access restrictions may apply.)
WorldCat ( OCLC)
Considered as the "World's Largest Library Catalog", WorldCat.org helps users find materials in their local library and over 10,000 libraries worldwide, generate research citations and refine searches including author, content (subject), format, year of publication and language. The WorldCat interface is available in 13 different languages, you will notice the option to change the interface language at the bottom of the main page. The items presented to a user for a particular search remain the same regardless of the interface language.
"Google Books has more than 10 million free books available for users to read and download..."
"Google's free books are made available to read through careful consideration of and respect for copyright law globally: they are public-domain works, made free on request of the copyright owner, or copyright-free, e.g. US government documents."
"BHL operates as a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to digitize the natural history literature held in their collections and make it freely available for open access as part of a global "biodiversity community."