When it just isn’t in the EPL collection, there are thousands of other collections to be tapped.
Interlibrary loan, the process in which books, CDs and other items can be borrowed from a network of libraries nationwide, is available to any EPL cardholder.
According to reference librarian Vonda Litwiller, interlibrary loan is used to get older items that may not be in the EPL collection.
“We don’t use it for new books, we’ll buy one if that’s what someone is looking for. But maybe our collection doesn’t have the paperback of a book or maybe it was taken out of circulation because it hadn’t been checked out in a long time. Those are the cases for interlibrary loan,” she said.
Large print books are a popular item for I.L.L., Litwiller said, because those are not often released in that easier-to-read style right away.
Patron Michael Garreffa visits the Pierre Moran branch a couple of times a week and uses I.L.L. to get large print materials.
“I need large print, my first choice is if the library has it (is to) to get it through them,” he said.
When the book he is looking for isn’t available in the EPL catalog, he has a librarian get it from another participating library.
“It is really unbelievable, you can get them from all over the United States,” said Garreffa.
The service is free for all EPL cardholders.
Other patrons use the I.L.L. program to listen to music and audiobooks.
Matt Miller, of Elkhart, said that he comes into the downtown branch weekly to get audiobooks and music.
“I can get music that the library doesn’t have,” he said of his use of I.L.L.
Miller said that he likes to try out bands and albums by getting them through the library. If he likes it, he might then buy it.
“I’ve been going to the music CDs in the library and see if I like it, sometimes I find bands I like and I buy them,” he said.
Miller, who is legally blind, said that the library’s audio collection and I.L.L resources help him to find the entertainment he needs.
“I listen to a lot of glam rock from the 1980s; Motley Crue, Poison,” he said.
Patrons are eligible to check out up to three items at a time through I.L.L. and must be in good standing on their library account. For more information on I.L.L., come in and talk to a librarian.