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Resource Sharing

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Leadership & Guidance

Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning provides leadership to Wisconsin libraries on resource sharing practices and procedures, and guidance on current and future policies.

  • Coordinate interlibrary loan service for Wisconsin libraries
  • Act as a clearinghouse for requests created on WISCAT
  • Refer requests to the OCLC on behalf of WISCAT libraries
  • Troubleshoot requests from WISCAT libraries. 

Get the Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Guidelines (2016)

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Book Kits

View Book Kits available for loan throughout Wisconsin.

Perfect for public library book clubs, K-12 classrooms, and reading circles, the kits contain multiple copies of a single title and often include a discussion outline. Many titles can also be used with BadgerLink resources such as TeachingBooks and NoveList.

Contact Us to add your kits to the list.  

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Early Literacy Kits

View Early Literacy Kits available for loan throughout Wisconsin.

Appropriate for ages 0-2 and 3-5, these kits provide pre-planned story times on popular themes, and contain several different book titles and other items. Great for childcare centers, classrooms, and homes. 

Contact Us to add your kits to the list.

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In Constant Demand

View the In Constant Demand titles, typically not available for loan. The list is reference for ILL staff to determine if it is appropriate to submit a request for an item.

This frequently updated list contains popular and newer titles published within the last 12-18 month including books, audio books, and visual formats. Titles are gathered from the NY Times Best Seller list, Amazon Bestsellers, and Audible Audio Books Bestsellers.

Electronic Resources

Electronic resources are not available through interlibrary loan. Please use Wisconsin's Digital Library for fiction and nonfiction eBooks and Audiobooks, or Open Access Resources for ILL.

Genealogical Materials

Genealogical materials owned at libraries seldom circulate. Items that contain any form of the words "genealogy" or "family history" in the title or subject lines of the bibliographic record can rarely be borrowed through interlibrary loan. It is essential that libraries help their patrons understand the limitations on borrowing genealogical materials.

View Genealogical Materials and Interlibrary Loan for additional considerations and tips. 

Newspaper Microfilm

Creating requests for newspaper microfilm can be tricky. Please consider the following before submitting a request.

  • Include city and state in which the newspaper was published.
  • Confirm the title matches the publication dates needed. Newspaper titles change over time.
  • The Wisconsin Historical Society will loan a maximum of 6 reels per patron, per title.

Contact Us or your library system's clearinghouse staff with questions.

Standards

For questions about this information, contact Christine Barth (608) 224-6171