25 February, 2008

Accessing books across Australia

Sometimes people want to borrow books that their local library does not have in stock. One of the services that Yarra Plenty offers is obtaining books from other libraries, or in library speak, inter library loans. This service has been available for a long time, but recently it got a lot easier for people to track down a title and place a request to borrow.

LibraryLink Victoria is a State Government initiative provided through Victorian public libraries that offers online access to various databases and library catalogues Australia wide. As well as being able to access library catalogues, you can also request material for pickup from your local branch. This service is free for materials borrowed from other Victorian public libraries. Some other libraries (eg University libraries, some State Libraries) charge for this service, and if they do, the cost is passed on to you - the usual fee is $13.50 per item.

So next time you are looking for a particular title, and your local library doesn't have it, try LibraryLink Victoria. It's another great service from your local library. And let me know if you've used this service and how you find it - we'd love to hear from you!


cathyinoz said...

I've just started a distance education course and am now using the Interlibrary loans to get books I need for the course. Sure the university library has these books but they are often already borrowed by other students. Interlibrary loans means I have a much better chance of getting what I need to improve my study outcomes. Thanks!

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yplearning said...

great to hear that you are finding our ILL service useful cathinoz!