Borrowing From Other Libraries
Let the Library locate the item for you.
Are you trying to locate an item, but it's not in the Library Catalog? We can help you borrow it from another library. Submit one form per requested item to the Library checkout desk. All forms are in Adobe Acrobat format.
- Is it a book? If you know at least the title and author of the book, please complete the Book Request Form.
- Is it audiovisual material? Use the Audiovisual Request Form to request talking books, movies or musical recordings.
- Is it an article from a periodical or serial publication? The Periodical Request Form will enable staff to locate the specific article for you. Remember to first check Badgerlink or Google for your article!
- Are you researching a subject? Library staff can research and request publications such as books, movies and talking books about your specific subject. Complete the Subject Request Form with as many details as possible to ensure a timely response.
Search On Your Own
Some patrons enjoy browsing the online catalogs, looking for items by specific authors, performers or a favorite subject. Following these steps will increase the likelihood of obtaining the items you desire to borrow.
- Search Verso first. Items owned by the Dodgeville Public Library or other libraries in the Southwest Wisconsin Library System can be requested directly through the Library Catalog (called Verso) by selecting "Reserve This Item" and entering the patron's 14-digit library card number and password. Follow the screen directions to request the item, making sure you select the Dodgeville Public Library for your pickup location.
- Search WISCAT second. The WISCAT library catalog is a statewide library database. It is not necessary to login to search WISCAT. When you find the item you want to borrow, print the first page of the WISCAT record for the item. Write your name, telephone number and library card number on the top of the page before submitting it to the Library. Or, you can print and complete an item request form using the above links.
- Search WorldCat third. WorldCat is a worldwide catalog of library content. When you find the item you want to borrow, print the first page of the item record found on WorldCat. Write your name, telephone number and library card number on the top of the page before submitting it to the Library. Or, you can print and complete an item request form using the above links.
- Still can't locate the item? The last resort is to print a record of the item from any web site or vendor where you've seen it. Providing the web site address will enable staff to research the item more extensively. Write your name, telephone number and library card number on the top of the page before submitting it to the Library.
Tips for Borrowing From Other Libraries
As you search the online catalogs and find a title that you want to request, there are a few points that you will want to consider:
- When was the item published? New items at the Dodgeville Public Library can be requested by Dodgeville patrons only. Likewise, new items at other libraries are available only for their patrons. After about 6 months the items become available for interlibrary loan. Outside of our system, items that are too new or too popular cannot be requested. See the Items In Constant Demand List to see if your title is too popular to request outside of our SWLS system.
- Are you requesting a movie or popular music? Movies or music held by our system are easily borrowed. Requesting these items through WISCAT is more limited. Music and movie requests outside of our system can take up to 3 months.
- What is the format of the audiovisual item? Not all discs are created equal! There are 10-1/2 inch vinyl record discs, 4-3/4 inch sound discs (CD) and MP3 CDs. Videorecordings are available in cassette or disc form. Talking books are abridged and unabridged. Be specific about the format you need.
- There is more than one record for the item I want to find in WISCAT. Once again, check the format of the item you're searching. Print items may have different publication dates.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does the Library do with the completed forms or printouts I provide? When you submit a request form or internet printout, the staff first searches Verso. Sometimes we find the item is already in our database. If the item is not in Verso, the paperwork is passed to the Library Assistant, who searches WISCAT and WorldCat for the item. If it is still not located, the Library Assistant forwards it to the SWLS interlibrary loan clearinghouse.
- How long does it take to get an item on ILL? There are many factors that influence the time it takes to receive an item. Popular materials may have a waiting list. If the item is coming from within the state, it will arrive quicker than an item from out of state. Items from within our Southwest Wisconsin Library System will arrive the fastest.
- Can I call the other library and request an item over the telephone? Lending libraries use a computer database to manage lending. The lending libraries follow guidelines for shipment, loan length, regional clearinghouses and many other factors. Bypassing the system by contacting a lending library directly slows down the process and is not allowed. Please contact your home library with any questions regarding your request.
- Why can't I log into WISCAT and requests books on my own? You can! Please contact the Library Assistant for account access and "Rules of the Game" for your own patron-initiated interlibrary loan account.
- Can I request a specific book from a specific library in Verso? Verso is programmed to allow patrons to request any copy available, or to select the specific copy. In the request screen, uncheck Any Item, then check the specific copy you want. This is especially useful if requesting an item from your own library or a specific disc from a DVD set.
- How long will my request stay active? Most borrowing requests remain active for 6 months.
- How often does the Library pull borrowing requests or reserves? We print the list of requests at least twice daily, in the morning and late afternoon. Interlibrary loan items are sorted into delivery bins. Reserve items are labeled and patrons receive an immediate email or a phone call. Patrons with email addresses receive the quickest pickup notifications.
- What if I can't get there today to pick up my item? All reserved items are kept for one week from the date they are received or pulled. At the end of that week, the item is returned to its owner library.
- My telephone number changed and the Library couldn't call me. The Library makes every effort to contact patrons using email, postal service and telephone. Be sure to inform the Library if your contact information changes.
- When do Dodgeville's deliveries arrive? The SWLS delivery van comes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Weather and holiday closings affect the delivery schedule.
- Why is there a white label taped to the cover of my book? White labels are used for borrowed items from outside the SWLS system. Leaving the label attached to the item helps Library staff process them quicker. Please leave the label on the front cover of the item. If it comes off, simply place it inside the item. Do not retape it.
- Can I return the items with a white label to another library? The best way to make certain that your borrowed item is returned on time is to bring it back to the Dodgeville Public Library where the loan originated. Returning it to a different library could result in overdue fines.
- Can I renew a borrowed item? Items borrowed from within the SWLS system can be renewed online through Verso, or by calling the Library.
- Can I renew a borrowed item with a white label? The Library will request renewal of these WISCAT items. Contact us and leave the name of the item, your name and telephone number, and the amount of extra time you need. The library assistant will telephone you with a new due date. It is important to request renewal at least 5 days before the item is due. Renewals are never granted on overdue items.
- What if my renewal request is denied? Items with a white label may be kept by the patron while the renewal is pending. If the renewal is denied, the patron will have 3 days to return the item.
- I borrowed an item from outside our system and now it is two days overdue. There is no grace period for items from outside our system. The overdue fee for these items is $.15 per day for print materials and $.50 per day for audiovisual materials.
Updated 08 September 2014
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