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UBorrow Guide

This guide is the beginnings of comprehensive information about UBorrow and the AlephILL client.

UBorrow History

Prior to Mar 2011:  FCS had a college-wide requesting service which allowed their patrons to request material from other colleges locations.  The polices used were the policy at the lending location.

Mar 2011 - SUS Only - Soft Launch of UBorrow.  Policy was 60 day loan period with one 30 day renewal, 2 day expiration.

Aug 2011 - SUS Only UBorrow Full Launch

Feb 2014 - FCS and SUS were integrated into each other's Lender lists as last resort.  

June 2014 - MCLS approved RSSC new SUS/FCS joint UBorrow policies: 45 day loan period, with one renewal, and 2 business day expiration.

July 2015 - FCS and SUS Lender lists were modified based on geographic region.

Sep 2016 - MCLS Approved RSSC new Lost billing policy.

Dec 2019 - MCLS approved RSSC proposal to allow that the patron due date not be shortened to meet the Lender due date.  The due date padding which decreased the patron's loan period so that items would be due back to the lender before the Lending due date to allow for shipping, was prevented.

June 2019 - MCLS approved RSSC proposal to change the loan period from 45 to 60 days.  Renewal remained at one, for 30 days.  2 business day expiration.

June 2019 - MCLS approved RSSC proposal to included media in UBorrow on voluntary basis.

March 2020 - UBorrow shutdown and expiration jobs stopped due to Covid-19 closures

August 2020 - UBorrow reactivated for almost all libraries.

October 2020 - UBorrow expiration jobs turned on with a temporary 7 day expiration date, due to unprocessed requests.

FY Statistics
2014 - 2015 31,200
2015 - 2016 26,864
2016 - 2017 32,889
2017 - 2018 31,506
2018 - 2019 28,019
2019 - 2020 18,529 (Covid)
2020 - 2021 5,371 (Covid)