Sunday, September 7, 2008

Inter-Library Loan

By Marcia Mickelson

I love Inter-Library loan. It’s the best. If you love LDS fiction, like I do, but don’t live in Utah, it is the way to go. Here in Texas, there isn’t much LDS fiction available at the libraries, so if you want to read LDS fiction, you’ll have to buy the books. Or, you can check out Inter-Library loan. I think it is available at any library throughout the U.S.

If you’re interested, check with your local library. Most likely, if you live outside of Utah and you’re looking for LDS fiction, it won’t be available in your library. So, find the titles you want, call your library and ask them to check the availability of those books through ILL.

You might not be able to get books that have recently been released, but I was able to get a few titles that came out earlier this year. I ordered three books, and on Friday, they called me to tell me all of them had arrived. Hooray. One of them comes all the way from BYU-Hawaii. The other two are from Shelley, Idaho. There is no cost for checking these books out. So, look into ILL loan. It’s the best. I just love libraries. I don’t know what I would do without them.


C.E. Salima said...

Interlibrary loan rocks. It is my lifesaver when I'm researching for my next book.

Robyn Heirtzler said...

It's definitely a great program, if you can get books returned on time. I've found it's usually cheaper for me to buy books outright than to pay my fines. Then I don't get in trouble when I write in them either.

Julie Wright said...

Libraries rock. My small town doesn't have one but we have the bookmobile and the coolest librarian of them all. Dixon rocks!

Amanda said...

One of the girls in our book group today said that she used to work at a library in Florida and that the ILL system was very expensive. She said it cost like $16 per order with postage and everything. I didn't realize it cost the library money to use the ILL system - I've done it several times - and I hope it's not the same in TX as it was for her in FL.