COVID-19: Shortgrass HQ is currently closed, but most Shortgrass services continue to operate and staff are still reachable via phone and email during regular business hours.
Shortgrass member libraries participate in resource sharing with libraries both inside and outside of Alberta. Most requests are handled through the Relais D2D Interlibrary Loan software sponsored by Public Library Services Branch, Alberta Municipal Affairs. Shortgrass staff process Interlibrary Loan requests on behalf of member libraries and ship items to/from libraries as needed.
Libraries in Alberta wishing to borrow an item from a Shortgrass member library should place a request in the Alberta Relais D2D system.
Libraries from outside the Province of Alberta or those not connected to Alberta Relais D2D may place interlibrary loan requests via the following page.
Access Alberta D2D Discovery
Alberta D2D Discovery is the provincial group catalogue for searching the holdings of participating Alberta Libraries and placing interlibrary loan requests for specific titles. You can access D2D Discovery via the following URL:
How to use Alberta D2D Discovery:
Frequently Asked Questions for Member Library Staff
When the patron returns the item, check it in using WorkFlows, re-attach the interlibrary loan bookband which arrived with the item, and send it back to Shortgrass HQ.
Please contact Shortgrass interlibrary loan staff to request a renewal. Do not simply renew the item in WorkFlows, as we must obtain consent in advance from the lending library.
Please contact Shortgrass interlibrary loan staff so they can process the loan in D2D. Shortgrass staff will get in touch with the lending library to request that future items be shipped to Shortgrass HQ and not directly to your library.
At the present time, academic libraries are not connected to the Relais D2D system. To place a request on an academic library item, you must search TALonline (http://www.talonline.ca) to determine which academic library in Alberta owns the item you are looking for. Then contact Shortgrass interlibrary loan staff and provide them with the details of the item that you wish to borrow and the name of the academic library which owns the item. Shortgrass staff will reach out to that library and broker the interlibrary loan request on your library’s behalf.
Contact Shortgrass interlibrary loan staff and provide them with the details of the items that you wish to borrow and the name of the library which owns the item. Shortgrass staff will reach out to that library and broker the interlibrary loan request on your library’s behalf.
Those patrons who have a valid email address registered with their patron account in WorkFlows will receive a system-generated email notifying them that the item cannot be supplied by the lending library. Items which cannot be supplied will also appear with a status of "Unfilled" when a patron views the "My Account" screen in D2D Discovery.
Please contact Shortgrass interlibrary loan staff via this link.