We understand that many people have questions about the upcoming changes implemented by the Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC). We hope the following helps to address some of your concerns:
Q: Do these changes mean that I can’t use KDL branches any more if I’m not a KDL resident?
A: You are welcome to visit and borrow materials from KDL branches. The changes only apply to placing holds through the catalog.
Q: Why can’t I purchase a non-resident card if I don’t live in the KDL service area?
A: KDL does not contract with individuals for library services by providing non-resident cards for many reasons including administrative overhead costs and the impact on library resources. Kent District Library provides service for 26 local municipalities in Kent County through a district-wide tax millage.
Q: How will these changes save money?
A: The primary goal of these changes is to reduce the number of items that have to be transported between libraries through the Lakeland Library Cooperative delivery system. By placing limits on high-demand items such as new books and AV materials, the Cooperative hopes to reduce delivery volume and save money on transportation and sorting costs. The need to reduce these costs comes primarily in response to drastic budget cuts at the state level.
Q: How does this affect me as a KDL (or non-KDL) resident in terms of placing holds?
A: Please refer to this guide to determine how this policy will affect you.
While we would like to support library users outside of our service area, our primary responsibility is to the Kent District Library patrons who support KDL through their taxes. Like all libraries throughout the state, Kent District Library is facing budget challenges as revenue declines due to falling tax values. We understand that these changes will make the library less convenient to use for some people. We encourage all library supporters to communicate with elected officials to encourage continued library funding.
Library Director, Kent District Library
Posted by: Martha Esch