Naperville Library Expands Materials Available to the Public

The Naperville Public Library has joined the LINKin partnership, a resource sharing consortium that grants Library patrons access to a large selection of resources owned by seven suburban libraries.

The benefit of this partnership provides Naperville Public Library patrons a greater selection of materials to borrow which includes direct access to over 300,000 unique items that the Library does not currently own, including foreign language materials.

The service, initially launched in the spring, is available and completely free to all Naperville Public Library cardholders. Naperville Library cardholders can easily search all of the partnering libraries’ collections directly at the Library using the catalog or by accessing the catalog from the Library’s website.
According to Jennifer Baldwin, Shelving Supervisor at the 95th Street Library, joining LINKin represents a big change for NPL.

Naperville has always been a standalone library, says Baldwin. “By joining this group, we are, for the first time, allowing patrons themselves to place requests for other libraries’ materials directly through our shared LINKin catalog.”

Once a desired item is identified, a request can be placed to have the item sent to any of the three Naperville Public Library locations to be checked out by the patron.

All print and audiovisual materials, such as DVDs, found in the LINKin catalog can be requested as long as they are not checked out by another patron, so holds will not be accepted.

Materials will arrive at the specified Naperville Library location within five business days of placing a request, and items can also be returned to any of the three locations to be checked back in.

Books and audiovisual materials requested through LINKin can be checked out for four weeks; DVDs can be checked out for one week. All items checked out through this service can only be renewed once for a length of one week for DVDs and two weeks for all other materials. Overdue fees are the same with LINKin items as with Naperville Public Library items.

The seven partnering libraries include Naperville Public Library, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Cook Memorial Public Library, Deerfield Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library Skokie Public Library, and Waukegan Public Library.

Naperville Public Library Adult Services staff are available to answer questions or to assist in placing LINKin request at any of their three locations.