Joint letter from The Seattle Public Library and King County Library System about reciprocal agreement
To Our Valued Seattle Patrons:
The boards of trustees of both The Seattle Public Library and King County Library System approved an extension of the existing reciprocal borrowing agreement through Dec. 31, 2013 between the two library systems.
Under this agreement, patrons of The Seattle Public Library and KCLS continue to have full access to both systems, including physical and virtual use of all libraries, information services, programming and materials on the shelves.
Patrons who live within the Seattle city limits still may not place holds, a limit in place since Oct. 1, 2006. This limit was imposed to relieve KCLS taxpayers of the cost of transporting "hold" materials for Seattle residents, an activity that contributed significantly to the economic imbalance discovered in a cross-use study of The Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System. While analysis of recent cross-use activity shows the KCLS patrons are using the Seattle system at a higher rate than Seattle patrons of the KCLS system, the staff of the two systems did not believe the change was significant enough to warrant changing the terms of the current agreement.
We regret any inconvenience this limit causes. The Seattle Public Library looks forward to continuing its long history of cooperation and commitment to excellent library service to all residents of King County, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
We would be happy to answer your questions at the following numbers: The Seattle Public Library, 206-386-4636; King County Library System, 425-369-3273.
Original statement from The Seattle Public Library board of trustees about reciprocal agreement with King County Library System
A fact sheet from the King County Library System explaining the change in more detail to Seattle patrons is available at: http://www.kcls.org/usingthelibrary/policies/spl.cfm