Burlington library program changes will allow greater access to collection


Published January 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

Burlington Public Library is kicking off the year with changes to some of their popular services.

Beginning Monday, BPL will give more people access to their collection.

Here’s what to expect:

  • The highly anticipated return of return of Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
  • Removing the limit of only two Lucky Express items
  • Magazine loan period is changing from 21 days to 7 days

After a pause during the pandemic, ILL service returns, which helps BPL stretch its collection budget and get the desired titles into your hands.

When the library doesn’t own a title you want to borrow, you can suggest they acquire it. BPL may borrow items that qualify for this service from another library instead of buying them.

You must have a BPL library card number to be eligible for the service. BPL cardholders can request up to three interlibrary loans a month.

Here are some of the rules of the program:

  • Print only; no audiovisual or electronic items
  • Items must be from other Ontario libraries
  • Requested titles must be at least two years old
  • The title is not in the BPL collection
  • The title is not in the Kilbride or Hayden school library collections or at libraries where BPL cardholders have reciprocal borrowing privileges (Hamilton, Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills)
  • ILL items are loaned for 21 days and are not renewable
  • Remember to check the online catalogue before submitting your request

The Lucky Express program is also expanding so people can get popular titles quicker than ever. There will no longer be a limit of two books and two DVDs.

In addition, the magazine lending time is being reduced from 21 to seven days.

This change speeds up the opportunity for users to receive magazines holds in a timely fashion, since many of these items are seasonal and time sensitive.

Magazines can be renewed up to 10 times if there are no holds on them. Want quick access with a longer borrowing period? Almost all of our magazines are available online through OverDrive and Pressreader.

For more information on the library’s programs and services, visit the website.

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