The Connecticut State Library recently issued new regulations that restrict the type and amount of materials that libraries will be able send through the DeliverIT CT delivery service. These regulations are meant to reduce the burden on an already-overwhelmed system that is facing major budget cuts, and they will affect all interlibrary-loan activity throughout the state. They go into effect on July 1, 2016.
These new regulations enforce two major restrictions that will impact library patrons:
- Patrons will now be limited to 5 holds on library materials at any one time.
- New materials will not be eligible for the delivery system. The regulation defines new materials as those purchased within the past six months. This means patrons will not be able to get new books, DVDs and other items delivered from neighboring libraries.
We will do our best to lessen the impact that these new regulations will have on our patrons. Staff members are able to override the 5-hold limit on items that the library owns, and they will be happy to do so. We will also do our best to purchase many of the newer items that will now be unavailable through delivery.
Patrons may continue to borrow in-person from other public libraries. Most materials may be returned to any public library for delivery back to the lending library.
Please speak with a member of our staff if you have any questions or need assistance.