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Exploring the Library: InterLibrary Loans

by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian

Door County Library is a member of a consortium of 50 public libraries in northeast Wisconsin, which gives us access to many items through a shared library catalog found at infosoup.org. This is where you start your search for a book, audiobook, DVD, magazine, music CD and more. If it’s available within the catalog, you can request that it be transferred for you to pick up at a Door County Library branch.

Interlibrary loans can also be requested for items not found in InfoSoup because Door County Library participates in the statewide interlibrary-loan service that allows us to obtain millions of items from public, school and university libraries throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. The process involves library staff searching for an item and, if it’s available, asking for it to be sent to your home library for pickup. These loans generally take a little longer, and materials must be returned to the library that ordered it for you.

It’s important to know that not everything can be requested through these kinds of loans. The requests that cannot be filled include school textbooks, books that are newer than six months, and genealogy books, but library staff will generally photocopy a table of contents or information on a specific subject and send it to you. The lending library makes determinations about the interlibrary-loan period and renewal requests.

If you cannot find what you want in the InfoSoup Catalog, call or visit us to give Interlibrary Loan a try.