Due to technical changes at the Connecticut State Library, our inter-library loan system will rely more heavily on our Bibliomation network, as ReQuest will be laid to rest and development of a new system may not be in place until late summer or early fall.
Q: Will I still be able to get items from other libraries?
A: Yes, 99% of Inter-Library Loans (ILLs) for the Kent Memorial Library are obtained through the Bibliomation network. Most arrive within a few days. You can usually place holds on these items by yourself through the Library’s catalog. Please ask library staff for help if you need it.
Q: Will I be able to find items in libraries outside the network?
A: Yes, through May 20. After that the ReQuest system will be suspended until a new computer system is put in place by the State Library. You can also look at individual library catalogs online for specific titles.
Q: Will I be able to request items from libraries outside the Bibliomation network?
A: Yes, Suffield residents may continue to request items from outside the Bibliomation network, but on a limited basis. Processing times are likely to be longer than in the past. Non-residents can ask their hometown libraries to make these requests.
Q: Why is this service being suspended?
A: The answer is partly technical and partly financial. The State Library budget has been cut continually for many years now and has decided to provide the statewide ReQuest catalog through a new, less expensive, source. The transition is technically complex and will require at least a few months to complete.
Q: How long is this transition going to take?
A: The State Library hopes to have the new system online in the fall, but there is no specific date yet. We will provide updates when we know more.
Q: Is this related to the cuts to the State Library?
A: Yes, because the State Library, along with all other state agencies, has been subject to ongoing cuts for several years now, reducing the amount available for all State Library programs.