What is NTLC?
NTLC stands for North Texas Library Consortium. The Roanoke Public Library is currently a member of this consortium, which set out in 2009 to share resources with each other in the hopes of bringing a higher level of service to their local communities.
What Other Libraries Are Members?
We are always trying to attract new libraries into the fold, and sometimes libraries have to choose to go a different direction, so the consortium does it's best to keep this map up to date for all of our patrons.
What Does This Mean for Me As a Patron?
As part of the agreement, you get a few great amenities! Your library card will work at any participating member of our consortium through our linked catalog. You can walk into any of the NTLC libraries and check out materials at those locations. You can also order items from those locations and they will be sent via courier service to our location for you to pick up. The process can take about a week to 10 days, sometimes longer depending on where the item is coming from and availability. Some libraries do have some restrictions on lending. With more and larger additions to the consortium, we might see even bigger and better resources being shared!
What if Ntlc Doesn't Have the Item That I Am Looking For?
If NTLC doesn't carry the item, or no library can lend it due to how new the item is, there are a few options available. If the item is too new, you might want to look at suggesting an item to us for purchase. If the item was published over 6 months ago, and you don't mind waiting for the item you can try requesting it through the Texas Group Worldcat Interlibrary Loan System. You'll use the same login information to access Worldcat as you do to access our online catalog.
Where Can I Get Started Looking for Materials?
If you have a library card all set up with us, you can simply log in to our online catalog. Search for what you are looking for, and use the Place Hold link to start the process of requesting materials from the consortium. When the item comes in, depending on your settings, you will receive a call, email, or text message when the item is ready to pick up. Email and text notifications are generally faster to receive, and we highly recommend using either of these services.
What if My Question Isn't Answered Here?
Hopefully we've done a great job of informing you about the consortium, but if you still have questions you can feel free to send us an email and we will do our best to make sure your question gets answered!