Monday, April 26, 2010

Getting the Most from Your Library: Interlibrary Loan

Local author Phyllis Morgan, an ABC Libraries customer, has written a new book called N. Scott Momaday: Remembering Ancestors, Earth, and Traditions: An Annotated Bio-Bibliography (while this book is not yet in the catalog, we do have some of her other books). In the acknowledgements, Ms. Morgan very kindly notes that "Without the concerted efforts of librarians and archivists, this type of work would be virtually impossible. I greatly appreciate the help of librarians and staffs of the...libraries and archives where I conducted research." We are delighted to note that the list includes the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Library System!

ABC Libraries is happy to be part of the equation, but we couldn't have done it without Interlibrary Loan. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a fantastic service available to those of you in possession of a valid library card for the price of one small dollar. Looking for an item that doesn't show up in our catalog? Through ILL, these items can be requested from other libraries around the country, ordered, and shipped by mail to your local library.

It is a pretty easy process-just stop by the Information Desk at any branch to ask about getting an item through Interlibrary Loan. Or, check out our website for ILL FAQs-there you'll find a list of items not available for ILL, an explanation of loan periods, & you can even print out request forms! Whether you have research to do or are just looking for something else to read, ILL is a wonderful service offered by the library. I use it myself!

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