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Research Help: ConnectNY

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Using ConnectNY

   ConnectNY

ConnectNY is a consortium of independent academic institutions in New York State. Their mission is to share collections, leverage resources, and enhance services through cooperative initiatives and coordinated activities.

ConnectNY is a great option for finding resources that may be useful to your research needs.  The service allows you to find and borrow books and e-books from more than eighteen private colleges and universities from New York State.  With access to over 10 million shared resources on a variety of subjects, you should ask "Why not use ConnectNY?" 

Searching for books

Go to the ConnectNY catalog and enter your search terms.  You will see a list of results.  You can refine your result list by clicking on a limiter (located under "Refine by").  Click on a title that interests you for more information about the title.

The ConnectNY system is attached to our Library's Summon. When you enter a title or keyword, the results list will include items in ConnenctNY and in our catalog. Use the filters on the left to narrow results.

In the list, an entry with a call number and "Check Availability" message will direct you to the ConnectNY site where you can request the book.

An entry with a call number and a location (e.g. curric center, book shelves, etc.) or with a due date means that the item is in the Canisius Library.

Ebooks will be identified as such.

Requesting a book

Click on the “Request it” button for items you want to request at the center top of the entry. 

  • Chose Canisius from the drop-down menu
  • Click submit  
  • Enter your MyCanisius username and password
  • Click submit

Was the request successful?

The next page will state if your request is successful or if there was a problem with the request.  

Successful requests

A successful request will state that your books will be delivered to the Canisius Library.  The books are delivered in approximately 5 business days.  You will receive an email when your books are ready for pick-up. 

Unsuccessful requests

If the request was not successful you will see an message such as the one in this image.  If your request was refused, please call 716-888-8412 for assistance.

E-books

If the item is an e-book, you will be prompted to follow these steps:

  • Click on the link "Connect to ConnectNY e-book"

  • Click on "Read Online (Available)" button to access the content