Transform your Shortgrass library card and use it at other libraries!
Are you visiting another place in Alberta and wish you could borrow from their library? Good news: your Shortgrass library card has the superpower to do this and can transform into a Super Library Card that can be used at libraries across the province!
Simply login to melibraries.ca with your card information and pick other libraries you’d like to borrow from. The site checks your personal information to make sure it’s accurate and automatically registers you with the other libraries you picked. After you’ve registered, you’ll be able to use your own library card to borrow physical items at the other libraries just like a local cardholder.
To use the ME Libraries service, Shortgrass cardholders must:
- Be in good standing
- Be over the age of 18 (younger cardholders can register in-person at libraries you want to borrow from accompanied by a parent/guardian)
- Have registered your name, email, and complete mailing address with your library
- Visit the other library and find items you want to borrow
- Bring your Shortgrass card to the library's circulation area and use it to check out your items
- Return the items at any library in the province and they'll be sent back to the owning library
- Your borrowing information can only be viewed through the other library’s website (items you borrow from another library won’t show up in the Shortgrass BiblioCommons)
- You must follow the other library’s borrowing policies, including paying fines for late returns
- You will only be able to borrow physical items; Digital content (including eBooks) have licensing restrictions that limit access to only local cardholders
- Academic libraries are not yet part of the ME Libraries service; but can be accessed with your TAL card
- Interlibrary loans can only be requested at your home library
This access to more than 10 million items in over 300 libraries is a service provided by Alberta's Public Library Network
What's the difference between a ME account and a Shortgrass Card?
Shortgrass cards must be obtained in person from the library. In addition, a staff person at a non-Shortgrass library must manually create an account for you the first time you visit. If you are visiting a university or college library, you must use a Shortgrass card (the ME service is only available for public libraries).
ME accounts are associated with your current Shortgrass library card, and you can sign up online for a ME account at any participating library - either before you visit, or on the spot while you're there. (Minors must still be signed up by a staff person, with the permission of a parent or guardian.)
Are there different physical cards for ME and Shortgrass itself?
Can I still use my Shortgrass card as a ONE Card at Medicine Hat College?
All other libraries in Alberta will be available on the ME website by late 2014. If a library you're interested in is not yet connected to the ME website, check back later!
When I sign up at one library, will all libraries have a ME account set up for me?
Where do I go to see items I have checked out from other libraries?
How do I renew my ME account or update my account information?