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Book bureacracy

11 May, 2010

If you live in Dublin, hold an ALCID library access card, and want to see a journal article held by Trinity College Dublin, you just wave the card, go in and find it.

If, on the other hand, you live in Dublin, hold an ALCID card, and want to see a journal article held in TCD’s archives during exam time, this is what you have to do:

  • go to Limerick
  • print an interlibrary loan form
  • find supervisor
  • get supervisor to sign form
  • pay €8
  • submit form and go home
  • wait for TCD to send journal from Dublin to Limerick
  • travel from Dublin to Limerick
  • collect journal from UL Library
  • photocopy journal
  • return journal
  • go home

I refuse to do this on the grounds that it is ridiculous logistical kipple for everyone involved. Guess I’ll just wait, then. Grumble.

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