Network Bulletin No. 00-51
Date: August 25, 2000
Subject: Service to Visiting Readers
Index term: Reminder
Several network libraries contacted NLS asking if they have
to participate in providing service to visiting users, as
other network libraries are refusing service to their
It is NLS policy that all network libraries shall offer to
eligible visiting readers minimum services as defined in
__Network Library Manual__ entry 5.10.
As part of a cooperating network, each library has a right
to expect that its patrons will receive assistance from
another network library if the patrons are in another
library's service area and need service.
We realize that serving visiting readers has become more
troublesome with automated circulation systems. However,
the function of such systems is to serve readers, not to be
Please review your circulation procedures and system to
ensure that a method exists for your library and staff to
offer service to a visiting reader.
For more information contact:
Carolyn H. Sung