Get What You’re Looking For! Website and Catalog Tip of the Week #25

So you see the title of an interesting book or movie somewhere on the internet, and your automatic response is to go to the library website and see if it’s available, right?

Only—surprise!—the library, for some reason, does not have it. Maybe it slipped past our radar, or the last copy we had got destroyed years ago and was never replaced. Or, it’s just obscure enough that we made the decision not to get it.

You can fix that.

Pima County Public Library has a customer-driven collection development policy, which means, if we can get it, we will. You can suggest a purchase (up to three a day) and even have it put on hold for you, if you want. Sometimes, we might not be able to get it in the format you want it in, but our collection development librarians try really hard to make sure you get what you’re looking for.

If, for some reason, we can’t purchase it—say it’s not available through the companies we buy books and movies from, or it’s now out of print—we will still try our best to get you a copy.

How do we do that, you say?

Interlibrary Loan.

Interlibrary Loan is a term you might have heard in your college days, good for getting articles and tomes from other libraries across the nation. But you can use it at the public library, too! We don’t do article requests, sadly, but we do borrow print materials from other libraries. We send them too!

Unfortunately, if both of these avenues are tried and we still can’t get what you’re asking for, we’ll just have to tell you we can’t get it. But don’t give up hope! New books might take a while to be available from our vendor, and other libraries buy new books just as regularly as we do. Maybe you’ll rediscover that book you want a few months down the road, and this time, it might be available. (I’m not saying to request something every day, but asking again six months later might provide different results.)

Questions? Call Infoline at 520 791 4010, or contact Ask A Librarian!

What do you want to know? Any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see in future installments!

And if you haven’t, check out our previous tips of the week!

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