November 26, 2012 - 10:21am — lauralee
Want to make an interlibrary loan request for an item not held in Parkland? You can do this through TAL Online! Here's how to place a request.
Patrons of PRL member libraries can borrow materials from:
- Parkland Regional Library’s headquarters collections (reference, professional development, large print, audio books)
- Public libraries within the Parkland Regional Library System
- Member libraries of The Alberta Library (TAL)
- Libraries across Canada and in the United States (books and microfilm only)
Patrons may use TAL Online to request any item that is not owned by a library within Parkland, but is available from another Alberta library. If an item is not owned by a library in Alberta, library staff can create a request for it on a patron's behalf, and we may be able to borrow it from a library outside the province.
Access to interlibrary loans is contingent on patrons remaining in good standing and in possession of a valid Parkland library card. If a patron owes the library more than $25, interlibrary loan privileges may be temporarily suspended until the amount owing is reduced to under $25. Libraries may also temporarily revoke interlibrary loan privileges if, on an ongoing basis, they are unable to contact a patron in order to notify him or her of interlibrary loans that are available for pickup.
Looking for titles in French or other languages?
Parkland catalogues material in French and Spanish that is purchased by member libraries. All items can be found by searching the catalogue, though these are limited collections.
This French Language Materials handout provides information on how to find French language items throughout the province using TAL Online or within Parkland Regional Library. Some search strategies are included as well.
Other languages: You can often browse an individual library catalogue for titles in a particular language (by doing an advanced search), then request your desired titles via TAL Online. Some libraries in Alberta with items in other languages included in their catalogue are Edmonton Public Library, Calgary Public Library, and TRAC (in the TRAC catalogue, enter an asterisk next to "Any field," and click on More options to limit by language).
Visiting other Alberta libraries in person
- TAL Card: Your Parkland library card is also a TAL Card - use it to borrow items at almost any academic or government library in Alberta. All participating libraries extend to TAL patrons equivalent borrowing privileges as to their own local members.
- Me Card: Sign up at melibraries.ca to activate your Parkland card as a Me Card at another Alberta public library. As a ME patron, you can borrow DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, and more using your Parkland library card! Find out more about the Me Card.