Alemany Library now has access to the entire collection of all public libraries in Marin while the patrons of the seven MARINet libraries now can tap into Alemany’s resources. The combined collection totals more than one million books, audiobooks, electronic books and DVDs that can be delivered within a few business days.
Dominican’s MARINet consortium was introduced during “Lunch with the Library” on September 27, in Creekside Room on the San Rafael campus.
"Libraries always have known there is strength in sharing. Joining MARINet allows Dominican students and Marin community members to share the riches of the combined collections of Dominican's library and the public libraries in Marin in an easy-to-use way,” said Gary Gorka, Executive Director of Alemany Library. “I’m delighted to bring our superb library into partnership with MARINet.”
Using its catalog, Alemany Library users will be able to request books from the MARINet collection with the click of a button. The item will be delivered free of charge within approximately two days. Users will be notified by email to pick up their book order and can drop off the book at Alemany Library or any other MARINet partner library when finished.
Users at Dominican, Marin’s University, will have the ability to check which books they have out, place holds, pay fines and create reading lists. MARINet books can be checked out of three weeks and renewed once.
Gail Haar, Director of County Library Services and Chair of the MARINet Board, stressed the importance of the partnership to residents of Marin County.
“The MARINet consortium's mission is to share the collections of the County's public libraries, recognizing that no one library could hope to meet all of the needs of all of its users,” Haar said. “The addition of the Dominican University Library brings a wealth of new resources to both the public library users and to the students and faculty of Dominican University.
The system also will feature a new ebook collection, Overdrive, which lets users download audiobooks, music, movies and ebooks directly to their computer, ereader or iPad/iPhone.