As of Monday, Oct. 19, Westfield Memorial Library patrons will once again be able to request materials that Westfield does not own from other libraries through the Inter-library Loans (ILL) system. ILL includes books, Books-on-CD and DVDs.
Inter-library loan is for full-service cardholders, which includes Westfield residents, individuals who work in town, or those who have purchased library cards. MURAL cardholders must make requests through their hometown library.
Full-service cardholders who would like to request materials should visit the library's website at www.wmlnj.org and click on the “ILL” link at the top of the page, to the right of the library’s logo. Another link can be found underneath the Circulation tab and "Books from Other Libraries."
Then they will be directed to the "JerseyCat" page, where they can request up to three ILL items per day. After the reference department receives the request and it is processed, patrons will receive an email notifying them of their materials' arrival.
The library will make every effort to fulfill requests, but borrowers should be aware that requests may take at least two to three weeks to fulfill, and not every title will be available. Books-on-CD and DVDs may take longer as not every library loans out these items.
Before placing a request through ILL, cardholders should check the catalog to be sure the Westfield library does not own the item. If an item is owned by the library but it is checked out, the borrower should place a "Hold" on the item.
Patrons should not ask for items that have been published within the past six months. All libraries have New Book sections available to their patrons, and that section is the appropriate location to search for the latest books.
LibraryLinkNJ, The New Jersey Library Cooperative, hires the ILL delivery service, and it stated through information disseminated by LibraryLinkNJ, that their "vendor has trained and equipped their delivery drivers to take adequate precautions, including wearing gloves and masks, frequent hand sanitizing, and contactless delivery service."
Currently, library hours are Monday to Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday hours, 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday hours, 1 to 4:45 p.m.
The library has also added additional programs to its You Tube channel, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/westfieldmemoriallib, or by clicking on the You Tube icon on the library's website at www.wmlnj.org. Other program information can be found on the library's website, www.wmlnj.org, and the library's Facebook page, facebook.com/wmlnj.