Interlibrary Loan Service Support Letters

State Representative David Labriola
300 Capitol Ave.
Legislative Office Building, Room 4084,
Hartford, CT 06106

March 23, 2017

Dear Representative Labriola,

BorrowIT CT is a cooperative program among public libraries in Connecticut that allows a resident in the state who holds a valid library card to borrow materials from any of the 192 participating public libraries. Using their hometown cards, non-residents may borrow any of the materials that participating libraries lend to their local borrowers.

The Governor’s proposed budget for FY2018 – FY2019 ELIMINATES ALL FUNDING for BorrowIT CT ($806,000 in cuts each year).

This program has been in existence since 1973 and has been a successful example of regionalization and resource sharing.

We could neither afford in our budget, nor store in our building, all the items our patrons need, so our patrons rely heavily on borrowIT CT to access these vital materials. Last year Oxford residents borrowed 4,724 items from other libraries and lent out 1,350 to other libraries. 6,074 materials were shared at an estimated purchase cost of $170,072. People of Oxford and other towns did not have to spend those dollars each individually to access the materials they needed. The Return on Investment for this program is fantastic.

Last year throughout the state, 3,891,944 items were lent between libraries—that represents approximately $58.4 million dollars’ worth of materials. These materials are not just for pleasure reading- they are resources on education, employment, and difficult personal topics. In our state, that is almost 4 million opportunities for personal growth, self-directed education, and self-improvement. Our town, our state, and our country are much better places when our residents and citizens have access to vital resources on education, employment, and personal growth.

Please support our state’s libraries with full restoration of borrowIT CT funding and keep Oxford Public Library in the business of sharing. Thank you.

Sincerely,


State Senator Eric Berthel 
300 Capitol Ave.                                                          
Legislative Office Building, Room 3400
Hartford, CT 06106   

March 23, 2017

Dear Senator Berthel,

BorrowIT CT is a cooperative program among public libraries in Connecticut that allows a resident in the state who holds a valid library card to borrow materials from any of the 192 participating public libraries. Using their hometown cards, non-residents may borrow any of the materials that participating libraries lend to their local borrowers.

The Governor’s proposed budget for FY2018 – FY2019 ELIMINATES ALL FUNDING for BorrowIT CT ($806,000 in cuts each year).

This program has been in existence since 1973 and has been a successful example of regionalization and resource sharing.

We could neither afford in our budget, nor store in our building, all the items our patrons need, so our patrons rely heavily on borrowIT CT to access these vital materials. Last year Oxford residents borrowed 4,724 items from other libraries and lent out 1,350 to other libraries. 6,074 materials were shared at an estimated purchase cost of $170,072. People of Oxford and other towns did not have to spend those dollars each individually to access the materials they needed. The Return on Investment for this program is fantastic.

Last year throughout the state, 3,891,944 items were lent between libraries—that represents approximately $58.4 million dollars’ worth of materials. These materials are not just for pleasure reading- they are resources on education, employment, and difficult personal topics. In our state, that is almost 4 million opportunities for personal growth, self-directed education, and self-improvement. Our town, our state, and our country are much better places when our residents and citizens have access to vital resources on education, employment, and personal growth.

Please support our state’s libraries with full restoration of borrowIT CT funding and keep Oxford Public Library in the business of sharing. Thank you.

Sincerely,