Interlibrary Loans or ILLs are an important part of, but at the same time not a very well known, aspect of the library system. Through a system called O.C.L.C. we are able to request books, audiobooks, DVDs, and articles from a large assortment of libraries across the country. These include small rural libraries like Pinal County’s, large library systems such as the New York Public Library, as well as many universities and colleges. We not only request items from other libraries but we will fill their requests as well.
During a time of budget cuts this very helpful as it enables libraries to provide items they might not otherwise be able to purchase for their patrons, thus ensuring that their patron’s needs are met. We do our best to locate items such as books, audio books, DVDs and articles, that our patrons are looking for and have them shipped to their library. This process may take a few days to a few weeks depending on the availability and location of the items around the country.
If there is an item that you are wanting, that is not owned within the Pinal County Library System, ask your local library if they can help you locate it and have them request it for you.
Post by Kathy Clemans, Library Technician II