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New library services for CSP members

17 June 2008 - 12:00pm

Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

An important new development in Information Services went live today. The CSP Library and Information Services (OPAC) is called Olib7. It is from OCLC and is an international, not for profit, online library service and research organisation. More than 60,000 libraries in 112 countries use OCLC products and services. Amongst their customers in the UK are a number of membership organisations and a variety of NHS trusts.

Olib7 will enable us to put an Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of resources held in Learning Resource Centre (LRC) on the internet. The OPAC will be available to everyone, however, CSP members will be able to access additional services via ‘My Account’ using you website / iCSP login – BUT - ONLY THE 1ST 20 CHARACTERS OF BOTH YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD if these are longer than 20 characters.

OPAC address:  

There are several ways to search the OPAC, help is available within the OPAC and on the Library and Information pages on the CSP website

New Lending Services

The first major service development on the back of the Olib7 is the launch of a new expanded loans service. Members may now borrow up to 4 items in person or by postal loan for 28 days, subject to recall after 14 days if requested by another member. We see this is an important step in making CSP services available to members regardless of location.

The new, expanded loans service is starting as a one-year pilot. We are making the majority, but not all, the book, report and thesis stock, but not journals, available for members to borrow. All borrowing will be covered by terms and conditions; a link to the terms and conditions is on the log in page; by logging in you will be deemed to have agreed to those terms and conditions. Please read them before logging in. For the trial period this will be limited to the UK and members in the Armed Forces serving overseas. After the trial we will look at making loans available to members overseas.

A charge will be made to cover postage and packing both ways for items borrowed by post – when you reserve a loan we shall contact you to tell you what the charge will be and to get the address to which you would like it sent. When you receive a loan it will include a postage paid return address label - please keep this safe and use it to return the loan. There is a weight limit of 2 kg for all postal loans.

The reason all items are not available is that we need to ensure that members visiting the LRC find material to consult. Where an item is not available for loan we will try to include the table of contents in the abstract field so you can request a photocopy of the relevant section limited by the current copyright regulations. If you are intending to visit the LRC to consult a particular work you will now be able to check on its availability before you come.

The “My Account” section of the site allows you to monitor your borrowing account, place reservations for items you wish to borrow and renew loans online providing they are not wanted by anyone else. To make use of these services it is important that we have your current address and email details. To update your contact details please contact the Enquiry handling Unit on 020 7306 6666 or email via the CSP website home page.

Impact on other services

The free literature search service option, which has traditionally included a search the catalogue, will now be limited to one of the other databases available in the LRC. Please use the Literature Search Request Form which is available on the Library and Information Services area of the CSP website.


When ordering photocopies you can use the OPAC to check that we have the required item, but remember, if we do not we can obtain it for you from elsewhere. Please complete the usual copyright declaration form and payments form which are available on the Library and Information Services area of the CSP website.

We do not have as many full text journals as we would like as this is beyond our budget but we do try to include all freely available full text journals relevant to physiotherapy. The links and terms of access change frequently, if you find broken links for journals or any other items in the OPAC please let us know.

The LIS team hope that members will find these new services useful and we welcome feedback from members

OPAC address:  

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