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February 19, 2018
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Library Board Policies - Interlibrary Cooperation and Networking

Halton Hills Public Library has worked cooperatively with other libraries in a variety of settings since the establishment of the Board in 1974.

In 1992, the Province established a province-wide system of electronic networks for the purposes of resource sharing.  Provincial funds have supported this initiative by providing the telecommunications connections and the courier service to permit material delivery.  The provincial agency that coordinates interlibrary loans is the Southern Ontario Library Service.

Reciprocal borrowing, which allows patrons of the Halton Hills Public Library to visit and borrow material from another library and vice-versa, has been established with all public libraries in Halton Region, and Wellington County.  Our experience with the reciprocal borrowing agreements and the provincially supported resource sharing systems has been positive for the patrons of the Halton Hills Public Library.  The Board endorses such efforts and will endeavour to maintain and enhance interlibrary cooperation.

The following principles seem to be useful in concluding reciprocal borrowing agreements with other libraries:

1.       There should be reasonable expectation of parity in usage between jurisdictions.

2.       There should be a material delivery (courier) system in place adequate to support the universal return privilege, which is part of reciprocal agreements.

3.       The determination of individual proof of eligibility shall be based on the possession of a card from a library with a current agreement in place.

Reviewed/Approved: October 4, 2017

Revised/Approved: February 11, 2015

Next Scheduled Review: February 2022