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Quincy Public Library will be joining the Resource Sharing Alliance in mid-February in order to provide improved service to library patrons. However, library card holders who have not recently updated their library card will need to do so in person in order to continue accessing in-person or digital services. Patrons are asked to update their library cards as soon as possible.
QPL will be closed on Friday, February 17, in order to process materials in to the new system. Some library resources may be unavailable for a brief period during the transition. In preparation for this transition, interlibrary loan requests will not be processed until the merger is complete.
“This change to the Resource Sharing Alliance will allow readers to access more material, receive quicker delivery on requested items, and provide better, more comprehensive search options,” explained Nancy Dolan, Executive Director.
Quincy Public Library will be joining the Resource Sharing Alliance (RSA) hosted by the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS.) Membership in the RSA automatically increases the library collection to include items in all other participating libraries, providing more options to QPL patrons, including an additional resource for eBooks. It also streamlines the catalog, making it easier to search for the needed items, with a more fluid search function.
In most cases, delivery of interlibrary loan requests to QPL will be quicker, allowing patrons to receive requested material within a few days. QPL patrons will also be able to designate a default delivery location for requested items, to pick them up at QPL, or at one of the two automated hold lockers, either in front of the library building, or at the branch at County Market.
“This is an exciting move forward with access to new and improved resources for our community,” said Katie Kraushaar, Information Services Manager at Quincy Public Library. “Patrons will be empowered to easily find and get the material they want.”
A free workshop is offered 1:30 pm, Saturday, March 4 for patrons to learn more about navigating and searching the new catalog system, accessing their account, and placing holds on items. Reservations for the workshop may be made online at quincylibrary.org or by calling 223-1309, ext 502.
QPL Circulation Manager Bobbi Mock said, “The search feature in the new catalog will be more ‘Google-like’. It will be easier to find material.”
Quincy Public Library provides library programs, services, and print and digital material at no additional charge to residents within their service area, including the city of Quincy, and Melrose, Ellington, Riverside, and parts of Gilmer Townships. Proof of residency is required and cards can be obtained at Quincy Public Library, or the process can be started online.