Try Netflix-like Interlibrary loan

Brookens Library is pleased to announce our participation in a pilot project to test a new book borrowing service that delivers books directly to your home.  This OCLS service, called WorldCat Direct, will be offered through the end of the calendar year (and possibly beyond).

The program works somewhat like Netflix, the popular DVD home-delivery service.  If a book is held by the supplier Better World Books, then we can request it from them, and the send it directly to the patron’s home address.  A postage-paid envelope is provided if the patron wants to return the book to Better World Books, or the patron has the option to purchase the book.  Purchasing information comes with the item.

We are engaged in this pilot test to determine if WorldCat Direct is a service that we want to continue in the future.  Once the test period concludes, we will analyze the effectiveness of the service together with the costs.  Therefore, feel free to place as many book requests as you like!

You can do so by requesting the book through WorldCat.  Once you find an item you want to request, click the “request item” link in the item record.  You’ll be asked to fill out personal information including the address where the book will be sent (your home address!).

You can also place a request using the ILL webforms.  Just choose “Request a Book form” and fill in the blanks.

Please note that if the particular book you request is not held by Better World Books, we will request the item in the conventional manner.  The book will be delivered to Brookens Library Circulation desk for your pick up.

If you have any questions or comments about this service, please contact Carol Reese, Interlibrary Loans Specialst, at 217-206-6601 or email lib-ill@uis.edu.

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