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Jul 20 2008

The Wide, Wonderful World of Library Borrowing

by Ken M

Have you ever wished you could read an out of print book from your childhood? Perhaps you’ve been pining for one that you find listed on book seller sites, but their asking price is too steep. Maybe you’re interested in a book that’s just a few years old, but is not in the DCPL collection. Or you might need a copy of an article from a journal owned by colleges and universities that you can’t access/obtain through GALILEO.

All of these situations are great examples of when your DCPL Interlibrary Loan service can help. Interlibrary Loan is a technical sounding name for a wonderful process of sharing books between library systems that is happening every day in libraries all across the country. Numerous libraries participate in this, since no library (not even the Library of Congress) can own every book or journal that someone desires.

Neat, you say. So how do you get started?

You will want to visit your local DCPL branch and ask for an Interlibrary Loan Request form. This sets the whole process in motion. Be sure you let the staff at the desk know at which branch you’d like to pick up your book. It’s also very helpful if you give us as much information as you can about the item, particularly things like author, title, publisher, copyright date and ISBN.

Here are some important things to remember about Interlibrary Loan:

1, You will need an unblocked library card to make use of this process.

2. Reference books, CDs, videos and DVDs, and books published within the last year are not available through ILL.

3. There is a charge of $3.00 per item, and you may have up to 3 items in process at one time.

4. Since we’re borrowing from another library system, your items will take a bit longer to get; we recommend you allow for a minimum of two weeks.

Isn’t it great to know that you can borrow books outside your local library collection? Here’s one more reason to love your local DeKalb County Public Library.

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