Reading as a Community – Book Club ILL

Does your library have a book club? Do you often need to request multiple copies of one resource? OCLC’s WorldShare has recently made it easier for our ILL team to submit such requests (there’s an interesting ALA webinar on the subject here). You only need to send us one request through Clio, specifying in the Notes how many copies you need, and we can do the rest.

Just a few caveats: we probably won’t be able to borrow many copies of very popular or recent books. If you need different formats (audiobook, large print) of the same title, please submit separate requests for each format. And please request book club items well ahead of the club meeting date, as it can take a few tries before we can obtain all the needed copies!

Some recent book club titles we’ve requested include: “The nightingale,” by Kristin Hannah (4 copies); “The hairdresser of Harare,” by Tendai Huchu (7 copies); “Bones and silence,” by Reginald Hill (7 copies); “After you, Marco Polo,” by Jean Bowie Shor (12 copies); and “Immortality,” by Alan Feldman (9 copies).

Please let us know if you have any questions about interlibrary loan requests for your local book clubs. And thanks for reading!

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