Alberta Wide Borrowing

News Date: 
21 October 2014

Making the most of your library card with Alberta Wide Borrowing:  What could be better than a library card that allows access to a broad range of online resources (magazines, newspapers, genealogy, eBooks, eAudiobooks, movies, TV shows, music) and an online catalogue with over 3 million items? A new service called ME Libraries has just kicked up the power of your library card.

Marigold Library System and its partners through TRAC (Northern Lights Library System, Peace Library System and Yellowhead Regional Library) recently joined the award-winning ME Libraries Alberta WideBorrowing initiative, a web-based service that allows patrons with a current library card from their home library to borrow from the physical collections at all other participating libraries.

Marigold CEO Michelle Toombs noted:  “October is Canadian Library Month – a perfect time to celebrate ME Libraries Alberta Wide Borrowing. With most public libraries throughout Alberta on board, an exciting collaboration has been realized in the library community. Registered patrons from other parts of the province can access Marigold libraries in person and vice versa.”

Interested patrons register their cards at melibraries.ca using their home library card’s barcode and PIN. Local borrowing rules for each participating library apply. Material must be picked up at the host library and may be returned at the patron’s home library. To register online, patrons must be 18 or older and provide a valid email address. Once a patron is registered, their home library card is used to borrow materials from other libraries.

Visit melibraries.ca for a complete list of all participating Alberta libraries and library systems.  (eBooks and other electronic content are excluded due to licensing restrictions.)

Marigold Library System provides cutting edge public library services for over 260,000 residents in south central Alberta through 36 member libraries, 13 book deposits and a mail service. As a member of TRAC (The Regional Automation Consortium), RISE Network and TAL (The Alberta Library), Marigold is committed to collaboration and innovation.

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Press: Contact Michelle Toombs, michelle@marigold.ab.ca

Member library staff – please contact Marigold’s Library Services Consultants