Attention patrons: Fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests may take additional time as Connecticut libraries switch to a new delivery service.
Limit of 5 loan requests at a time.
Temporary Changes to Interlibrary Loan
(Statewide ReQuest catalog)
Due to technical changes at the Connecticut State Library, the statewide ReQuest catalog was shut down at the end of June 2015. A new statewide Interlibrary Loan service called requestIT CT is under development and will be implemented in stages. The Interlibrary Loan service will be a part of the new findIT CT statewide library catalog. The roll out for requestIT CT is expected to begin the end of this year. Stay tuned. In the interim, interlibrary loans are still being processed but wait times may be longer.
Q: Will I be able to borrow items through interlibrary loan?
A: Yes, Stratford residents may continue to borrow items through interlibrary loan by using the form at the top of the page. We will contact individual libraries to fill interlibrary loan requests. Processing times are likely to be longer than in the past. Non-residents can ask their hometown libraries to make these requests. If you need assistance, stop by or call 203-385-4164. We are happy to help you to place an interlibrary loan.
Q: Will I still be able to look for and borrow items at other libraries?
A: Until the new statewide library catalog, findIT CT, and interlibrary loan system, requestIT CT, are in place you can look at individual library catalogs online for specific titles. Also, keep in mind that you are able to use your Stratford Library card at any other public library in the state. Remember, we are happy to help you find what you need!
Q: Why is the statewide ReQuest network being suspended?
A: The answer is partly technical and partly financial. The State Library budget has been cut continually for many years and it was decided to provide the statewide library catalog through a new, less expensive, source. The transition is technically complex and requires an extended period of time to complete. This change has nothing to do with the current budget negotiations.
Q: How long will the transition to the new Interlibrary Loan system going to take?
A: The State Library hopes to have the new system online by the end of the current year, but there is no specific date yet. We will provide updates when we know more.
If you have any questions please call 203-385-4164. We are here to help you!