Friday, December 19, 2014

Libraries Share Year Round

WISCAT banner gift wrapped
Happy Holidays (background image courtesy of Pixabay)

Interlibrary loan extends this holiday season of sharing throughout the year for Wisconsin library users.

More than 450 Wisconsin libraries of all types participate in resource sharing using WISCAT. In addition, the Minitex network of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota libraries is a reciprocal interlibrary loan partner in WISCAT.

91 percent of requests filled in WISCAT between July 2013-June 2014 were by libraries using WISCAT as their interlibrary loan tool. The rest of WISCAT requests filled were by Wisconsin libraries who use OCLC such as the South Central and Winnefox public library systems' members and by lenders outside Wisconsin, for example, the Library of Congress.  These libraries' willingness to share through interlibrary loan crosses seasons and borders. Thank you to all.

WISCAT is a service provided by the Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Technology using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.