Two services are available to borrow items from other libraries, Prospector/MOBIUS and InterLibrary Loan.
Rapid, self-service borrowing is available to authorized users at any of the participating libraries. The system allows you to borrow most items that already circulate at local libraries. When you find what you want, just choose the "Request Item" option and follow the instructions on the screen (Using Prospector/MOBIUS). Your request will be processed within a few days and the item will be delivered to your local library.
Prospector/MOBIUS items are located on the self-help hold shelf at the library chosen for pickup and can be checked-out on self-check.
Most items check out for 3 weeks with 1 renewal; some items (generally DVD's) check out for 1 week with no renewal.
Prospector/MOBIUS items can be returned to Council Tree, Old Town and Harmony Libraries, or to the bookdrops conveniently located in Fort Collins, Laporte and at REAWindsor. Because of the large fee associated with a lost or damaged item, customers may be more comfortable returning items directly to the Circulation Desk rather than using a bookdrop.
Since Prospector/MOBIUS items are borrowed from other libraries, overdue fines will be the same as those charged for ILL items - 25 cents per item per day.
A fee will be charged for lost items. As with any disputed charges, all questions should be referred to a Circulation Supervisor.
Yes. Most Prospector/MOBIUS libraries loan all of their media items (DVDs, CDs, and audio books). There are some magazines and journals that can also be borrowed.
Approximately 1 week, although the exact time depends on the library that will be supplying the material. Mobius libraries can take up to 2 weeks.
No, Prospector/MOBIUS selects from which owning library to request the title.
Prospector/MOBIUS is user-friendly, fast, and efficient. Customers can easily place their own holds and the items will show up on their record immediately.
Prospector/MOBIUS gives you more control over your requests. You can check the status of your requests and renew or cancel your request yourself. Additionally, many of the Prospector/MOBIUS libraries will loan their books for a longer period of time on Prospector than is available on Interlibrary Loan. Prospector/MOBIUS has a 21-day checkout plus a 21-day renewal. ILL is typically 21 days with no renewal.
Like any item placed on the holdshelf, an item will be held for 7 days. Items not picked up within 7 days will be returned to the lending library.