Meet RML: Finding Books

Our library is small, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find the books you’re looking for.

Say there’s a book you really want to try. Maybe someone told you how good Anne Leckie’s Ancillary Justice is and you want to find yourself a hard copy of the book. How would you go about finding it?

Step 1) See if the RML has it.

You can do this in a couple of ways. If we’re open, you could stop by or call and ask. We’re always happy to help!

If we’re closed, you could go to our Library Catalog on the website and search for it. Just like you would in Google, type the title or author you’re looking for in the search bar and click the magnifying glass.

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No dice. Time to try something else.

Step 2a) See if another Homecard Library has it.

Russell Memorial Library is part of the Homecard System, which means that we can issue you a special library card which will let you check books, movies, etc out, for free, from any of 25+ libraries in Northwestern Vermont.

But how do you tell which of these libraries has your book?

Meet WorldCat, the library catalog that spans libraries worldwide. You can search it just like our catalog, by typing in the title you’re looking for:

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and hitting the Search everything button.

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Then simply click the title that most looks like what you want, and you’ll go to this handy page all about that item:

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If you look on the right, you’ll notice a list of nearby libraries that have copies of that book. You can scroll down and see if any Homecard libraries near you have copies.

Our website has a page that lists the operating hours, addresses, phone numbers, and websites of all participating Homecard libraries in the area. If you see one in WorldCat that one of these libraries has a copy, you can call or stop in to that library and check the item out with your Homecard!

 

Step 2b: Request the book through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Say you don’t want to travel to another library, or you can’t find a copy anywhere. The State of Vermont recently set up a state-wide Interlibrary Loan system that allows local and school libraries to share books back and forth, regardless of whether the libraries are on the Homecard System or not. This is all done through the internet and US postal service. While it does take some time for books to come and go, there is no fee for people to use the ILL system.

All you need to do to request an item through there is to fill out an ILL form at RML:

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And the librarian will take care of the rest. You could also call in (453-4471), or email (russellmemlibrary@gmail.com) the above information to us and we’ll fill the form out for you.

Once the item arrives, we’ll contact you through the email address and/or phone number you provided and you can come pick up your book.

Heads Up: Books that come in through ILL have much stricter due dates than regular RML items. We don’t charge late fees, but it’s possible whatever library lent the item to us does. PLEASE mind the due dates, and if you need the book longer, email or call us to request a renewal.

And that’s all there is to it. Chances are good that if there’s a book you’re looking for, be it fiction, graphic novel, or obscure historical epic, we can find it for you.

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