Loan ser­vice re­turns -- at a cost

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The in­ter­li­brary loan ser­vice has re­turned to the Stor­mont-Dun­dasGlen­garry Li­brary sys­tem as of June 24.

The “loans” are items that are ex­changed with other li­braries in On­tario. If a li­brary sys­tem can­not pro­vide an item to a pa­tron from its own col­lec­tion, it can re­quest to bor­row the item from an­other li­brary sys­tem on the pa­tron’s be­half.

“While it is good news that the ser­vice is re­turn­ing for our pa­trons,” said Karen Franklin, Direc­tor of Li­brary Ser­vices, “there is an added ex­pense that we will in­cur to send out re­quested ma­te­rial, and in most cases, li­braries can­not charge pa­trons who re­quest in­ter­li­brary loan items for this ser­vice. We have had to make changes to what we will lend and re­quest, in or­der to be fi­nan­cially able to con­tinue to of­fer the ser­vice to our pa­trons, and to par­tic­i­pate fairly with our li­brary part­ners.”

The SDG Li­brary’s in­ter­li­brary loan ser­vice was sus­pended April 18, fol­low­ing pro­vin­cial fund­ing cuts to the South­ern On­tario Li­brary Ser­vice (SOLS), one of two or­ga­ni­za­tions re­spon­si­ble for ad­min­is­ter­ing the ser­vice across On­tario. June 1, SOLS lifted its sus­pen­sion of the on­line plat­form for re­quest­ing items from par­tic­i­pat­ing li­braries, but its courier de­liv­ery ser­vice was per­ma­nently can­celled. De­liv­er­ies of in­ter­li­brary loan ma­te­ri­als must now use Canada Post, with the lend­ing li­brary pay­ing for postage.

In­ter­li­brary loans are a good choice for re­quest­ing ob­scure or lim­ited au­di­ence items. Ms. Franklin added, “We are al­ways try­ing to im­prove our own col­lec­tions, so we en­cour­age our pa­trons to look at what we have be­fore re­quest­ing some­thing from an­other li­brary sys­tem.”

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. sdglibrary. ca/ in­ter­li­brary­loans, or speak to branch staff.

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