Borrowing from other Libraries
What does this mean?
- Lafayette Library cardholders now have access to material in the catalogs of other member libraries: Boulder, Broomfield, Longmont, Louisville, and Loveland.
- When you search our catalog you will see the materials owned by Lafayette as well as those in the other member collections.
How do I get items from other libraries?
- You can place holds on up to 10 items at a time from within our library catalog and the items will be sent to us via courier when they are available.
- Likewise, customers from other member libraries are able to request items from the Lafayette collection.
- If you don't find the item in your catalog search, click on the Find More Results in Prospector button at the bottom of your search results page. Prospector allows you to use your card number to request items from public and academic libraries around the state (and a few other states!).
How long will it take for items to arrive?
- It will be difficult to predict, at least in the first few months. The courier system will be adjusting to the added volume of materials being sent to and from the Lafayette Library. We expect that it will be around 3-4 days— much less than the 7-14+ days of our previous interlibrary loan system.
What happens when customers from other libraries request Lafayette’s items?
- Lafayette cardholders will have priority access to Lafayette items. This means that Lafayette items will always fill the requests of Lafayette customers first. Lafayette items will then help fill the requests of customers from other libraries. The hold queue will be longer because it will include requests placed by customers in all member libraries—but there will be more copies of items available and the lists will move faster.
- This system will make it somewhat difficult to calculate when a request will be filled.
When my request arrives how long will I have to pick it up?
- 7 days from the time of notification.
Where can I return items?
- You can return items at any member library: Boulder, Broomfield, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville or Loveland.
Can I use my Lafayette library card at other libraries?
- At this time you can use your Lafayette card at the Boulder and Broomfield libraries. You can get cards at Louisville, Longmont and Loveland by showing your Lafayette card and a form of identification.
How do I get a Lafayette card?
- Visit our Get a Card page and apply!
How long will books check out?
- The loan rules of the lending library will apply. View more details.
How are overdue fines charged?
- Overdue charges are based on the policies of the library that owns the items.
- Fines for items from the Lafayette will remain the same.
- View all details on checkout periods and fines.
Cool Things You Can Now Do
- Family members can link accounts and manage all accounts with a single login. Ask staff to show you how!
- The Lafayette Library does not keep a history of a customer’s checkouts to preserve your privacy—but our new catalog allows you to opt to keep a history (only accessible to you). You can delete any part of your check out history at any time.
- Rate and review books for other customers to see. When you participate in this process, the catalog will generate more personalized suggestions for you. Create lists and post them on social media or share them with friends, book clubs or other groups.
- Save frequently used searches
- Limit searches to items of a particular genre or format
- Check out eBooks directly from the catalog
- If you don't find the item in your catalog search, click on the Find More Results in Prospector button at the bottom of your search results page. Prospector allows you to request items from public and academic libraries around the state (and a few other states!).