Tutt Library Research Guides
Need help finding a book to read? Please see Marianne Aldrich's reader's advisory LibGuide: The Tutt Library Guide to Finding Books You Can Love.
For more reader's advisory info and book reviews, try the following links:
Search Prospector for books in the region -- Colorado plus University of Wyoming-Laramie and some libraries in Kansas.
Use your last name and long Tiger number to complete the request process. If Prospector won't accept your number, please contact the Circulation Desk at (719) 389-6184.
Books generally take from 3-5 business days to be delivered. You will receive an email notification when requested items arrive. Prospector books can be picked up at the Circulation Desk.
Tip: You can monitor the status of a Prospector request by logging into your Tiger account.
Books (and some other materials) can be obtained from libraries across the country or around the world via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Register here for an ILL account. Be aware that since the physical book is being shipped through "snail mail", it could take 1-2 weeks for the book to arrive.
Google is not the only wholesale digitization effort going on. Microsoft, Yahoo, and numerous university presses and other publishers teamed up in Fall 2005 to form the Open Content Alliance (OCA; http://www.opencontentalliance.org/) The OCA intends to build a multilingual and multimedia collection. OCA books will in the future be accessible directly through the OCA website and indexed through Yahoo, but are best browed or searched at present through the "texts" section of the Internet Archive site at http://www.archive.org/details/texts.
There are also projects that attempt to index available e-books. The Digital Book Index (DBI) at http://www.digitalbookindex.org/ has kept up reasonably well with existing projects, and the Online Books Page (http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/) links to 25,000 free e-books, but these figures will be dwarfed by the Google and OCA projects.