Got books? YES!
Of course, the library has books but did you know in addition to our own collection as a card holder you have access to materials from other libraries? Reaney Library is a member of the Mohawk Valley Library System. MVLS is a collaborative of the fourteen public libraries in a four county area; Schenectady , Fulton , Montgomery and Schoharie counties. In addition, MVLS has a mutual agreement with the Southern Adirondack Library System (SALS) for many shared services; interlibrary loan being among them. SALS is comprised of thirty four public libraries in Hamilton , Saratoga , Warren and Washington counties.
If you step up to the desk here at 19 Kingsbury Avenue and request a specific title and we don’t have it the chances are good that we might be able to secure a copy from one of our colleague libraries in the MVLS/SALS system. We simply put in the request and wait for an available copy to be sent via a courier service. The courier delivers to our library Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Once the material arrives it gets checked out to the patron per usual. While local interlibrary loan ( ILL ) is free, we are dependent on the lending policies of the member libraries. For example, a brand new piece of fiction may be available only to the card holders of a specific library. Other libraries might choose not to make their DVD collections available at large. In our case, we don’t interlibrary loan our local history and genealogy collection due to the fragility and irreplaceable-ness of some of the materials. For the most part though, interlibrary loan is a great way to get something your local library might not have. Requests may be made at the library or, as long as you have a valid library card, from your home computer. For people doing serious, academic research; we also have access to the state library and beyond. Sometimes, there are fees attendant to those requests; particularly items coming from out of state.
In addition to individual requests, we here at MRML use ILL very heavily for a couple of additional purposes. The library facilitates two very active book clubs. We use ILL to secure enough copies for our membership. Once a month might see me ordering fifteen copies of this or twelve copies of that to distribute to our readers. It is a matter of course that we order in regular print, large type and audio books to meet the needs of our participants.
A second use of ILL is in service to the school district. Most recently, we have ordered multiple copies of books, both fiction and non-fiction, to support the common core curriculum in the fourth and fifth grades. The picture below shows some of the books that we borrowed on behalf of the fourth grade for the month of September. We ordered a total of forty five books; nine copies of five titles, to be used in Mrs. Battisti’s and Mrs. Eggleston’s classes. These copies came from throughout the MVLS/SALS system; drawn from the collections of the public libraries in an eight county area. A second request resulted in seventy two books being loaned to the fourth and fifth grades for the month of October.
Any teachers needing multiple copies for their classroom are invited to call the library at 518.568.7822 and speak with Dawn.
Margaret Reaney Memorial Library…Building a Community of Readers One Book at a Time