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Interlibrary Loan Demand Overwhelms Minuteman Library Delivery System

Filed under: Uncategorized by Deb Cleveland at 11:00 pm on August 1, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Due to the heavy demand for interlibrary loans among member libraries of the Minuteman Library network, the delivery service has been temporarily overwhelmed by the quantities of materials to be moved from library to library.

Citing a backlog of about 600 boxes to be sorted and rerouted among the more than two dozen member libraries, the Minuteman Library system has temporarily called a moritorium on requests for audio-visual materials. The popularity of borrowing videos, audio books, and DVD's has grown geometrically in the past few years, challenging the library staffs and the delivery system to keep up.

Suspending audio-visual requests will enable the delivery service to have time and space to process the materials currently in transit and waiting to be sorted and delivered.

Library patrons may still request print materials and go to member libraries in person to check out audio visual materials.

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