Public Library Network
In Alberta, a public library network links public libraries and enables sharing. This is done by two means: a provincial policy framework and a technological infrastructure. The purpose of this network is to support equitable and seamless access to library resources for Albertans. The network is coordinated and supported by Alberta Municipal Affairs through the Public Library Services Branch.
The key components of the network that the province supports are:
- SuperNet connectivity: a robust and secure connection to a province wide telecommunications network, for the purposes of resource sharing;
- Interlibrary loan: an automated system that facilitates the sharing of library materials between libraries in response to patron requests. The key components include a union catalogue, ILL management software and courier delivery;
- Centralized acquisition of electronic resources such as databases, streaming audio and video content and ebooks;
- Alberta-wide Borrowing: allowing Albertans to use their eligible local library card at nearly any public library in the province;
- Resources and services for people with print disabilities: The National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS) and the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) are available to all Alberta library patrons with print disabilities.