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Holy Cow, that's quite an interlibrary loan

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Holy Cow, that's quite an interlibrary loan

Post by Misfit » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 1:28 am

So here I am in the greater Seattle area and so far when I've requested ILL's I've received books from as far away as a college in New Hampshire, a 25 year old outrageously priced mass-market paperback from Omaha, 100 year old copies of Dumas from a local college library, let alone Anchorage and Oklahoma. Half the fun of picking up the book is seeing where it came from.

Stopped in to pick up The Proud Villeins by Valerie Anand and while not so far away (Willamette Valley, OR), its from the Mt Angel Abbey Library in Saint Benedict Oregon, a Benedictine Community found in late 1800's. Read more here. I'm impressed, although the book is so immaculate it's going to scare me to death to read it. No mustard, strawberries or red wine for this reading adventure :o :) :D

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Post by Ariadne » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 3:37 am

The monks have good taste in books.

I got nosy and checked their library catalog - they have a decent amount of historical fiction there. Anne Perry, Gore Vidal, James Michener, and of course a lot of Ellis Peters (probably no big surprise :) They also use the same library catalog software we do where I work.

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Post by Margaret » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 6:24 am

I love Interlibrary Loan! I've received copies of century-old books, too, and am always torn between feeling appalled that they would allow just any old library patron like me to take them home, and feeling deeply grateful that they did. I take very good care of elderly books like this, but the occasionally flaking edges are inevitable. On the other hand, the books do nobody any good buried in a library basement.
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Post by Rowan » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 2:15 pm

I can't say I've ever experienced ILL in my life. I don't even think it's ever been offered if the library I go to doesn't have a copy. I mean outside of our local library system, but obviously there's more to it than that.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 2:33 pm

My favorite ILL was a book I got a few years ago from Harvard's library (or was it Yale's)? Anyway, it made me feel much smarter for the couple of weeks I had it.
Susan Higginbotham
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Post by Misfit » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 2:37 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]I can't say I've ever experienced ILL in my life. I don't even think it's ever been offered if the library I go to doesn't have a copy. I mean outside of our local library system, but obviously there's more to it than that.[/quote]

Rowan, does your library system have a website? I just go to mine and if it's not in their catalog they have a ILL/purchase request form to submit online. The only times I've been turned down were two books that turned out to be self-published and Harold the King (they said they'd have to go out of country to get it), but I didn't mind buying Harold :)

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Post by LCW » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 5:53 pm

How cool! I've only used ILL for reference material and never really gave much thought to where it came from. If I use it again in the future I'll be sure to pay attention! :)
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Post by amyb » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 8:06 pm

Their abbey is beautiful! I never realized Oregon was so pretty.

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Post by Rowan » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 8:31 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]Rowan, does your library system have a website? I just go to mine and if it's not in their catalog they have a ILL/purchase request form to submit online. The only times I've been turned down were two books that turned out to be self-published and Harold the King (they said they'd have to go out of country to get it), but I didn't mind buying Harold :) [/quote]

Well whadaya know! They have Interlibrary Loans! I really had no idea that it meant borrowing books from outside the your local library system. :o Am I stupid or what?

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Post by Misfit » Wed December 3rd, 2008, 8:47 pm

[quote=""Rowan""]Well whadaya know! They have Interlibrary Loans! I really had no idea that it meant borrowing books from outside the your local library system. :o Am I stupid or what?[/quote]

:) :o I only figured it out by lurking on the library website, I'd never heard of it either, nor did another reading compatriot that uses the library extensively.

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