Exploring the Library: Interlibrary Loans

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By Laura Kayakan, Adult Services Librarian

The Door County Library is a member of a consortium of 50 public libraries in northeast Wisconsin, which gives us access to many objects through the Shared Libraries Directory found at infosoup.org. This is where you start your search for book, audiobook, DVD, magazine, music CD and more. If it is available in the catalog, you can ask for it to be handed over to you at the Doroga County Library Branch.

Interlibrary Loans can also be requested for items not found in InfoSoup because the Door County Library participates in the government-wide interlibrary loan service, which allows us to obtain millions of items from government, school, and university libraries throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. In this process, the library staff searches for an item and, if available, ask you to submit it to your home library for retrieval. These loans usually take a little longer and the materials must be returned to the library that ordered them for you.

It is important to know that not everything can be requested with such loans. Requests that cannot be filled include school textbooks, books not older than six months, and genealogy books, but library staff will usually photocopy a table of contents or information on a specific subject and send it to you. The lending library specifies the interlibrary loan period and renewal requests.

If you can’t find what you want in the InfoSoup catalog, call or visit us to try Interlibrary Loan.

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