“Public libraries serve a wider range of needs and objectives than most other libraries” (42)
— Libraries in the Information AgeIt's certainly true that, unlike school and academic libraries, which served me only for as long as I maintained an affiliation with the school in question, I have relied upon public libraries for my entire life.
by Denise K. Fourie and David R. Dowell
“The service areas of public libraries are defined by a local geographic area, usually a city or county. The lines of this traditionally defined ‘home turf’ are becoming blurred” (43)When I moved to Lake County from the Santa Rosa area, I was surprised to learn that I was already in the system of the Lake County Library. Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma counties have a shared catalog system that allows patrons to make use of their combined library resources.
When I pull hold requests and prepare them for transport, they could be going anywhere within our three-county system. For each of these library systems to be able to share their resources, really expands what any one library can offer to its patrons.
Beyond our three-county system, there is also a Bay Area consortium of library systems that make books available to each other’s patrons through interlibrary loan.
Composed for Cuesta College’s LIBT 101: Introduction to Library Services