Recently, the majority of the members of the Lakeland Library Cooperative, including the Kent District Library, elected to institute some changes that will impact Grand Rapids Public Library patrons. Effective June 28:
- Grand Rapids Public Library cardholders will not be able to place holds on Kent District Library and other Lakeland library materials. GRPL cardholders will still be able to check out material from these libraries when they visit.
- Audio-visual material (movies, music, audiobooks) and new books currently on hold in Lakenet will not be filled. After June 28, KDL and other Lakeland libraries may choose to not fill GRPL cardholder holds on other material as well.
- If you have material on hold in Lakenet there are several things you can do. You can replace your holds on Evergreen. GRPL holds 85% of the same material as other Lakeland libraries. If you cannot find what you are looking for in our catalog, you can place a hold on it in MelCat, a statewide interlibrary loan system in which GRPL participates. If you cannot find the item in either catalog, the Grand Rapids Public Library will make every effort to purchase the book for our collection and place a hold on it for you. You can request this service on our website.
We understand that this is a tremendous change. Library cooperatives are funded by state aid, which was reduced 40% in 2009 and faces another 20% reduction this year. State aid funds shared services such as interlibrary loans. Further, all library districts face diminished funding due to lower property taxes and tax captures, among other reasons. Lakeland Library Cooperative members felt that by reducing interlibrary loan services, they would be able to reduce costs and save money.
We realize that the Grand Rapids Public Library offers extraordinary regional resources that are not duplicated anywhere else in the cooperative, and we will maintain access to these collections for all citizens of West Michigan. Kent District Library and other Lakeland library cardholders will still be able to borrow up to 100 items from the Grand Rapids Public Library and place holds on all of our circulating material. All of our materials and services, including our Local History and Special Collections Department, Small Business Resource Center, and educational workshops and events, are open to all residents of West Michigan.
If you have any questions or problems replacing your holds, please call 988-5400 or stop by any GRPL location.