No library can own everything that users might need, so interlibrary loan fills the gap.
Our most important source of materials is our local consortium the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit.)
Interlibrary loan between libraries works because it is reciprocal, if we borrow we must also lend in return. It's all about sharing.
We do pay borrowing fees to other libraries, and we also charge those libraries. However, we pay careful attention to costs by obtaining as much material as possible from libraries that don't charge us.
We borrow from large libraries, small libraries, public libraries, university and college libraries, research libraries, medical libraries, historical societies, art museums, theological libraries, music conservatories, state libraries, archives, presidential libraries, overseas libraries. For example:
Sometimes we are fortunate enough to get something so special that it can only be used under supervision in the reading room of the Archives and Special Collections department.
We sometimes borrow from (and lend to) foreign libraries, but because of the extra shipping time and costs we always check to see if we can obtain the item from a US library first.
We regularly borrow from Canadian libraries, including the National Library of Canada
Other important suppliers are the British Library and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Germany.
Sometimes we have to make special inquiries to see if we can obtain something from a library outside of the usual ILL networks. Over the years we have obtained materials from libraries in France, Great Britain, Ireland, Seoul, and other places.
ILL books are kept on special hold shelves at the Circulation Desk until they are checked out for use. Some lending libraries are very generous and share items that are normally non-circulating; they must be used in the library only.
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