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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Can I get materials from other libraries...??

Intellectual growth should commence at birth
and cease only at death.
Dear Circ,

I'm working on a research project, and I need some references that Roselle doesn't have. Not that I would expect you to have them, they're a little esoteric and a little rare. Normally, I'd just travel to a University or a very big library, but right now I don't have a lot of time and I'd rather spend my time researching than driving. Can you help me?

Theodore T. Hinker

Dear Ted,

We can help with this! You can request an Inter-Library Loan. If a library within Illinois holds the material you're interested in, we should be able to borrow it for you. When it comes in, you check it out from us, and you return it to us. Then we return it to the originating library. Pretty slick, huh? There's even a transport system for shuttling materials between libraries. All at no cost to you. And this includes just about all the libraries in the state, including the university and college libraries. So if you need the definitive treatise on the impact of the whoseewhatsis on the jiggerydoodad phenomenon, we can probably find it and borrow it for you.  And you don't even have to be Einstein to get it to work.

What are the rules? Our policy is you can have five interlibrary loans requests at any one time. You also can't have any fines on your account, or any overdue items. In other words, you have to not only be in good standing with us, you have to have a perfect record.

How does it work? In this case, you'd call either the Adult Services desk or the Youth Services desk and tell them you'd like to request an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) or go see them in person. Give them as much information as you have, title, author, edition number, in particular. They will look for your material and try to find the item as close to us as possible. Alternatively, you can request an ILL online. When your request is filled and the item arrives here at our library, Circ will give you a call and ask you to come and pick it up, so make sure the phone number we have is one that you answer or check the voice mail or answering machine. We usually notify people by phone, but we can notify you with an e-mail if you request it. How long it takes between your request and when it arrives depends on which library it's coming from and where it is located. Some requests are filled quickly, but other requests can take a little time.  One other thing, it's best if you come to check out your ILL personally.  If you send someone else to pick it up, they have to have your card in their possession.  We have to check the item out to the account of the person who ordered it.  So if your spouse drops by to pick it up because it happens to be more convenient that day, make sure they have your card in their possession.


Dear Readers,
Are you wondering about the image above? No, this person is not "Dear Circ" and is not employed by the Roselle Public Library. Nor is he a patron of ours, although some readers think his work is relatively astonishing! The person above is both a famous scientist as well as a famous author. Place your mouse cursor on the photo for the name of the author. Left click the image for an enlargement. For more information, go here. For items to check out, try our catalog.

Do you have questions about the Roselle Public Library? Want advice about how to manage your account? How to find things? Want to know more about what we can offer you? Or worse, are you just lost in library jargon, and not even sure what to ask? Here's our forum for how to get the most from us, your local library. You can submit questions online to Dear Circ, or, as always, in person, or by phone (630-529-1641). Posted questions will be anonymous. Responses reflect the policies and programs of the Roselle Public Library, and may have no relevance to the policies, services, and procedures at any other library.

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