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PASCAL Delivers

What is PASCAL?

  • PASCAL, which is an acronym for Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries, is a statewide library catalog and book delivery system
  • If you need a book that's not here at Thomason Library, check the PASCAL catalog and, if available, request it
  • PASCAL delivers books within 2-4 business days
  • You will be notified via email when the book arrives, and it can be picked up at the Circulation Desk.
  • Overdue notices are sent to your email account.  The replacement cost for a book is $100.
  • Visit the PASCAL Catalog under Research Tools in the navigation bar of the library website.

More Information on PASCAL

PASCAL Delivers

PASCAL delivers is South Carolina's virtual academic library which enables current students, faculty, and staff at 58 South Carolina colleges and universities in the state to request and receive books at their home institution in just a few business days at no charge to the borrower.  The statewide catalog now contains 12 million titles and is growing every day.

 

Searching and Request Tips

Although the catalog contains other material, only print books and PASCAL ebooks can be requested through the catalog!  Be sure to choose the correct edition of the book you need.

After clicking on a title, you will see a list of all libraries that own the item and where available copies are located.  If there are no available copies of the edition you selected, you can return to your search results and choose a different edition or a different catalog record for the book, if available.

In most cases, there is no need for the borrower to choose a library, as the system will automatically select the lender.  An exception would be in catalog records for a multi-volume work.  In this case, the borrower would select a specific volume and location.

After clicking on request this item, current students, faculty, and staff will be prompted to choose their institution (Presbyterian College) from a drop-down menu, to enter their name, and to enter the barcode number that appears on the back of their PC Identification Card (include all 10 digits).  After submitting a request, searching/ordering can be resumed.

Borrowers may have up to 25 requests at one time.  Requests include borrowed books already received and any books in transit from a lending institution.

PASCAL delivers uses a courier service allowing delivery in 2 - 4 business days.  Borrowers will be notified by email when the book(s) arrive.  Loans are to be picked up and checked-out at the Library Circulation Desk.

The loan period is six weeks with one six week renewal allowed.  Book loans should be returned to the Library Circulation Desk.

Renewals can be requested online by logging into your library record in ThomCat, the Thomason Library catalog.  Click on the link My Library Record, located in the upper right of the library website.  Be sure to request renewals no sooner than 3 days prior to the due date to receive the full six week renewal period.  Renewals should not be requested once the book is past due.

Overdue books result in system generated email notices sent to your PC email account.  After three overdue notices, you will be charged a $100 replacement fee.  Please notify the Library Circulation Desk if a PASCAL loan is lost.

 

Visiting Patron Service

You can also visit in-person another PASCAL Delivers library and check out the book yourself using the Visiting Patron service.  Note that Visiting Patron checkouts have different limits from PASCAL Delivers.  In-person patrons are limited to three items and the checkout period for these items is three weeks with one three week renewal allowed.  You will need to present a picture ID and know your institutional ID and the authentication code you use to request books using PASCAL Delivers.

 

Funding Sources

The Statewide Electronic Academic Library is funded through a combination of state funds, member library dues, and federal grants.