ConnectNY is a consortium of 18 colleges and universities in New York State with a shared catalog of over five million titles. Hamilton College students, faculty, and staff may request materials that we either don't own or are currently checked out using the ConnectNY catalog. Items requested through ConnectNY typically arrive more quickly than those ordered using traditional interlibrary loan.
ConnectNY member institutions:
The ConnectNY catalog includes what you would expect--a lot of books. It also includes other materials you would encounter in almost any library catalog, like journals, DVDs, music scores, etc. Any items showing the word AVAILABLE next to their call number locations may be requested, but borrowing is limited almost exclusively to books. Electronic books for which Hamilton College holds a license are also available. To request items that are not shown to be AVAILABLE, ask a librarian for assistance.
A link to ConnectNY appears near the top of your results for most keyword and title searches in ALEX, Hamilton’s library catalog. A ConnectNY link will also appear near the bottom of the page in ALEX for items that are checked out. A direct link to Connect NY is available on the Borrow from Another Library page.
You may search ConnectNY much as you would any other library catalog. Use the "Encore" search interface, and once you find an item you would like to request:
Your order is automatically sent to a library that owns the item you requested. Materials typically arrive within 2-4 business days. Holidays and scheduled breaks within the academic year may affect this schedule. You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org informing you when your item arrives at Hamilton. Materials that are not checked out within 10 days of the email will be returned to the lending institution.
The ConnectNY eBook Library (EBL) includes nearly 10,000 titles from 14 academic publishers. These books can be found by searching ALEX or ConnectNY's EBL site. For more information, consult the EBL FAQ.
Many other eBooks listed in the ConnectNY catalog are licensed to individual libraries and not available to us at Hamilton. In those cases, you will need to borrow a print copy of the book from another ConnectNY library.