Rapid Book Delivery System

PASCAL Delivers FAQs



What is PASCAL?

What is PASCAL Delivers?

What does PASCAL Delivers cost?

Who can borrow books using PASCAL Delivers?

What materials can be found in the PASCAL Delivers catalog?

How quickly can I get my books? How long can I keep them?

How many books can I get?

What libraries are in the PASCAL Delivers catalog?

How do I request a book?

What is the PASCAL Delivers fee for lost books?


What is PASCAL? (back to top)

The Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL) is consortium of academic libraries in South Carolina. Pascal is a strategic initiative launched by South Carolina's public and private academic libraries in conjunction with their parent institutions: the Commission on Higher Education (CHE), the SC Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU), the Office of State Chief Information Officer, the State Library, and the Department of Archives and History. Pascal was created to respond to the information-access needs of South Carolinians. Visit PASCAL on the web at: http://pascalsc.org.

What is PASCAL Delivers? (back to top)

PASCAL Delivers is a rapid book delivery service for the patrons of all PASCAL member institutions. PASCAL Delivers begins with a single, web-based, unified catalog of library holdings. Library users search the PASCAL Catalog, locate books in any member-library, submit an electronic request for delivery of a book to their home institution, and receive those books within a few days.

What does PASCAL Delivers cost? (back to top)

The PASCAL Delivers service is free to eligible borrowers at PASCAL libraries. The PASCAL Delivers service receives funding through member dues and from the State-wide Electronic Academic Library.

Who can borrow books using PASCAL Delivers? (back to top)

Current students, faculty, and staff at PASCAL member-libraries have access to PASCAL Delivers. Through the PASCAL Delivers catalog, books that are not available locally can be requested from other member libraries. Patrons must be "in good standing" at their home library (no overdue books or fines) in order to use the service.

What materials can be found in the PASCAL Delivers catalog? (back to top)

The PASCAL Delivers catalog is found at http://www.pascalcat.org. The PASCAL Delivers catalog is a combined catalog of materials owned by Pascal member-libraries. The catalog includes books, journals and periodicals, audiovisual materials, sound recordings, electronic resources, government documents, archives and manuscripts, maps, and music scores.
CURRENTLY, HOWEVER, ONLY BOOKS CAN BE BORROWED THROUGH THE CATALOG.

How quickly can I get my books? How long can I keep them? (back to top)

Books are usually delivered within 5-6 business days. Patrons may keep them for up to 6 weeks.

How many books can I get? (back to top)

Users may have up to 25 active requests in the system at a time.

What libraries are in the PASCAL Delivers catalog? (back to top)

The PASCAL Delivers catalog reflects the holdings of over 40 academic libraries in South Carolina. To see the most current list of participating libraries, please visit http://www.pascalcat.org/screens/participants.htm.

How do I request a book? (back to top)

  • From the SOM Library's web site, click on "Library Catalog." From there, you have two options:

    1. Click directly on the green PASCAL Delivers button and start searching for books in the combined catalog; or
    2. Perform a search in the SOM Library Catalog, and when you cannot find an item, click on the PASCAL Delivers "pass-through" button at the top of the screen, as in the image below:
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  • Your search will be automatically replicated in the PASCAL Delivers catalog. You may also perform new Title, Author, Subject, or Keyword searches.
  • Click on the title you want, and then click "Request this Item."
  • When you are asked "With which institution are you affiliated?" you must select "USC School of Medicine" from the drop-down menu, then click "Submit above information."
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  • Next, you will be asked to type your name and Student/Employee ID, which is your SSN (this will verify your affiliation with the USC School of Medicine).
  • You will receive a confirmation that your request was successful.
  • After 5-6 days, you will receive either an email or a phone call informing you that the book is ready to be picked up.
  • Come to the SOM Library's Circulation desk to pick up the item.

What is the PASCAL Delivers fee for lost books? (back to top)

The cost for replacing a lost book is $100.00 ($75.00 replacement fee + $25.00 handling fee). After the 6-week lending period has expired, patrons will receive three overdue notices. After the third notice, patrons will be billed $100.00.