Figuring out the correct delivery method for SEAL can sometimes be a challenge. Delivery methods differ based both on your library, and the library you are sending materials to.
Some libraries are able to take advantage of pre-existing delivery infrastructure to send SEAL items. For example, Mid-Hudson and RCLS libraries can send materials back and forth to one another using their couriers, which meet twice a week to exchange items.
Several libraries using SEAL are participants in Empire Library Delivery (ELD), a statewide delivery service managed by the 9 library resources councils. SEAL libraries that are members of Empire Library Delivery can use the service to send items to other member libraries. RCLS and Mid-Hudson are both members, in addition to several of the academic libraries using SEAL.
All other deliveries should be made using typical shipping methods such as UPS, USPS, or FedEx. This will be the most common method when sending items to and from school and special libraries.
The boxes on this page provide more information on each of the different methods available.
Empire Library Delivery (ELD) is a courier service connecting libraries across New York. It is managed by the nine library resource councils, which are collectively known as the Empire State Library Network (ESLN). Libraries that are ELD members can use the service to send SEAL items. The following SEAL members are currently members of ELD:
MHLS and RCLS member libraries should use their system courier with a routing slip to send items to ELD libraries. (See individual sections for details). All others should package and send items according to the regular ELD guidelines. Note: when creating labels for public library systems, address the item to the system and not the individual library.
Mid-Hudson Libraries have a few different delivery options available to them. You can use the system courier to send items to RCLS member libraries. You can also use the courier to send items to participants in the Empire Library Delivery (ELD) program.
See the instructions below for more information.
For more information, see the Mid-Hudson Resource Sharing Guide, which has information on delivery with SEAL, as well as some general MHLS ILL procedures.
You can also mail items through traditional shipping methods such as UPS, FedEx, or USPS. There is no standard or required vendor for SEAL users; instead, you should choose the company that best meets your library’s needs.
Some overall best practices when mailing via these services: