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Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loans

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:

https://alberta.relaisd2d.com/?LS=AMS


How to use Alberta D2D Discovery:


Frequently Asked Questions for Member Library Staff

  1. When you receive the item at your library, please remove the interlibrary loan bookband and put it aside for safekeeping as it needs to be returned to Shortgrass with the item when your patron is finished with it.
  2. In WorkFlows, check-in the item to remove the transit status and trap the hold for your patron.
  3. Make the on-hold item available according to the standard procedure for your library.
  4. When the patron arrives for the item, check the item out to their account in WorkFlows.
  5. 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.

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.