Thursday, March 29, 2012

What’s new at the Library?


As everyone knows, sometimes partnerships come to an end. After months of discussion, the Coastal Resource Sharing Network (CRSN) has decided to dissolve its partnership in May, 2012. The eight libraries that make up CRSN are creating two new consortia, meaning some changes are in store for Lincoln County library users.

Will residents still be able to borrow items from any library in Lincoln County? YES! Any resident of Lincoln County, except persons who live within the city limits of Yachats, will still be able to check out books at any library in Lincoln County. Lincoln County residents are free to use Newport, Driftwood, Toledo, Waldport and Siletz Public Libraries as well as the library at Oregon Coast Community College.

Since Lincoln County’s six libraries will now be members of two different consortia, patrons will need to be registered with both networks. One network includes Driftwood Public Library, Newport Public Library and the Tillamook County Library. The other network includes the Toledo, Waldport, and Siletz public libraries, Oregon Coast Community College, Tillamook Bay Community College and Clatsop County Community College. A library card from each network may be required to access all services in both networks. Assistance will be given to you at each library to help patrons access all the resources at that library.

We will continue to make every effort to share our resources. Patrons from any library in Lincoln County may request books from any library in Lincoln County and, as long as they are available, we will ship them to the requesting patron’s home library. We are still working out the details as to how this will be accomplished. And, as has always been the case, patrons may return their library books to any library in the county to be routed back to the owning library.

As we navigate our way through this change, every effort will be made to keep our patrons informed. Since this is new ground for all of us, we hope our patrons will be patient and flexible as we work our way through this process. Thank you.

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