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Release Date: 06/23/2006

New reciprocal agreement between Seattle and King County library systems begins Oct. 1

Update: 04/24/2008

Update to reciprocal use agreement between King County Library System and The Seattle Public Library

The boards of trustees for the King County Library System and The Seattle Public Library have agreed to extend the current reciprocal library services agreement for another two years, with one change.

Patrons of KCLS and The Seattle Public Library will continue to have access to both systems, and Seattle patrons will continue to be limited from placing holds on KCLS materials.

The Seattle Public Library, however, will no longer need to pay KCLS $104,000 a year, because the number of Seattle residents using library services in King County has dropped. If that trend continues, an eventual goal would be to eliminate the restriction on placing holds.

The original agreement took effect Oct. 1, 2006. The two systems will review the agreement and usage patterns in another two years.

 


Original News Release:

 

New reciprocal agreement between Seattle and King County library systems begins Oct. 1

 

The Seattle Public Library board of trustees voted unanimously to authorize the city librarian to move forward on a new reciprocal library service agreement with the King County Library System (KCLS). The board acted on the agreement at its June 22 meeting. Implementation will begin Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006.

 

Library cardholders from The Seattle Public Library and King County Library System currently have unlimited access to all resources from either system.

 

Under the revised agreement, KCLS and Seattle Public Library patrons would continue to have access to both systems, but Seattle patrons would be limited from placing holds on KCLS materials. In addition, The Seattle Public Library would continue to pay the King County Library System $104,000 annually.

 

The new agreement was necessary because a joint 2005 study showed 6.1 percent of King County Library System users were from The Seattle Public Library. This imbalance was valued at approximately $1 million.

 

The Seattle Public Library board of trustees said it did not have the resources to pay the King County Library System $1 million.

 

The Seattle Public Library and KCLS plan to monitor the impact of the new agreement through 2007 and conduct a formal cross-use study by March 30, 2008.

 

The Seattle Public Library and KCLS will revisit the reciprocal borrowing agreement in early 2008 and have a long-term solution regarding reciprocity developed prior to the start of either system's budget process in 2009.


For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director
206-386-4103


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