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There are three main options for accessing books from the ground floor while this area is closed for mold remediation.
There are two options for requesting a physicals book from another library. The first option is to see if it is available at another SUNY campus. If it is not, then we recommend submitting an Interlibrary Loan Request.
When you search for a book within our catalog, you may notice that it is listed as "not available." If this is the case, you can request the item through a service called SUNY Resource Sharing.
If the Sojourner Truth Library does not have the book you need for your research, you can make an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for free. Our ILL system is called ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database). ILLiad allows you to request items electronically and to track the progress of your request. If the request is attainable, ILL will order the item from another library. Books may take 1-2 weeks to arrive.
There are a few website options to find free ebooks. There is Google Books, Internet Archive, and HathiTrust.
Google Books is a service from Google that let's you search full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned.
Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that provides free public access to ebooks. It's kind of like a public library. You can view some ebooks without having an account while others you check out. The site requires you to make a free account to check out books. Some books will have a 2-week rental period and others will have 1–2-hour rental. You can always just renew the book though if you need more time with it.
HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries preserving 17+ million digitized items. HathiTrust has different membership options which allow for different access levels. Our library is not a member library which means we have more limited access to ebooks. HathiTrust is great for finding ebooks to older materials.