This page includes information on the different delivery methods that can be used for SEAL items. The delivery method you choose for a particular item depends both on your library and the library you are sending materials to.
The boxes on this page touch on each of the following delivery methods in more detail:
Public Library System Couriers: Mid-Hudson Library System and Ramapo Catskill Library System members have access to their system courier. The courier can be used for mailing SEAL items to select libraries. These include libraries that belong to the other public library system (the system couriers meet regularly to exchange materials) and participants in Empire Library Delivery.
Empire Library Delivery: 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. Several of the academic libraries using SEAL participate in ELD, as well as RCLS and Mid-Hudson.
FedEx, UPS, USPS: Any deliveries that cannot be made via ELD or a system courier need to be made with shipping vendors such as UPS, USPS or FedEx. This is the method that will used to send items to and from school and special libraries.
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. The system courier can be used to send items to RCLS member libraries. You can also use the courier to mail items to participants in the Empire Library Delivery (ELD) program.
To determine the delivery method you should use:
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.
Any deliveries that cannot be made via ELD or a system courier need to be made with shipping vendors such as UPS, USPS or FedEx. This will often be the method you use to send items to school or special libraries. Lending libraries would need to pay to mail items, while borrowing libraries would be responsible for mailing items back. 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 shipping via these services:
Members of RCLS libraries have a few different options for delivery when using SEAL. The RCLS courier can be used to send items to Mid-Hudson libraries, as well as members of the Empire Library Delivery program (ELD). RCLS uses two different routing slips: a SEAL routing slip for all MHLS libraries, and an Empire Library Delivery slip for ELD libraries. RCLS slips are color-coded for easy sorting, so be sure to use slips printed on the appropriate color. (More information on RCLS ILL services can be found here.)
See the instructions below for more details:
1. Determine if the item belongs to a Mid-Hudson or participating Empire Delivery library and mail using the appropriate slip (either ELD or SEAL).
2. If they are not a participant in Empire Library Delivery or an Mid-Hudson library (i.e. a special library, school library, etc.) you will need to send it using UPS, USPS, or a similar method.