Borrowing in SEAL will become available again later this summer, possibly at the beginning of August. Our exact date is tentative as it will depend on a variety of factors including public library system plans, Empire Library Delivery, and academic library plans. However, as libraries re-open, it is possible to begin returning some SEAL materials to their home libraries. See below for instructions depending on your library type.
Instructions for MHLS & RCLS libraries returning materials: You can return the following items via your public library system courier as usual (be sure to use typical SEAL routing slips to aid in sorting):
School / Special Library Systems Returning Materials: Returning items to libraries using methods such as US Mail, UPS, and Fedex is a bit trickier. Some libraries are not currently accepting item returns, and prefer people to hang on to materials for the time being. One of the best ways to ensure a library is accepting returns it to reach out to them directly before sending an item back. Contact information for individual libraries can be found in the SEAL directory.
There are a few places you can also check to see if a library is open:
If you have any questions or concerns about returning materials, contact Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 845-883-9065 ext 115.
Empire Library Delivery is slowly re-starting around the state. ELD members who would like to request a re-start date can do so by filling out this survey. Requests will be reviewed by the courier who will then determine a date based on a variety of factors, including route and location. Locations that have started deliveries are highlighted in yellow on the ELD roster.
As of 7/07, delivery has not re-started in our region.
The following SEAL members participate in Empire Library Delivery:
New York Library Association:
OCLC Libraries Physical Return & Lending Updates: