What in the World is WorldCat?
August 06, 2012
WorldCat is the tool we use to request items that MCPL does not own. This is just one more way that we do our best to give you access to the items you want.
Basically, many libraries in the United States and around the world will loan out their items to other libraries. So, if we don’t have what you want, you can request it using WorldCat.
We have lots of odd terms here in "Library Land," so when we talk about WorldCat, we may use words like "out-of-system" or "ILL" (Interlibrary Loan).
Here are some tips to help you understand our process with WorldCat:
- The item does not belong to MCPL, so we cannot guarantee WHEN, or if, it will arrive. Also, we may not be able to locate a library that is willing to share the item.
- Due to the way our process works, you have a better chance of getting your item if you request it at the beginning of the week. Also, avoid ordering around holidays (the libraries are closed and may not see our request).
- Make sure you put in all your information correctly (library card number, email, etc.). We cannot get you the item if we cannot find you.
- If you receive an item, please treat it with special care and return it on time. We want to maintain a good relationship with the other libraries.
- If you want to renew your item, you need to call us or come in on or before the due date. A request has to be sent to the library that loaned us the item.
If you want help learning how you can request items from WorldCat from your home computer, please feel free to come by the Library! We will be happy to show you!
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