Your library card gives you access to materials from across the province!
TRAC (The Regional Automation Consortium) is a partnership of Marigold Library System, Northern Lights Library System, Peace Library System, Yellowhead Regional Library, and their member libraries. Your library is a member of TRAC.
TRAC's shared catalogue, TRACpac, allows you to search the holdings of over 170 libraries with nearly three million books, DVDs and other material available for borrowing. With your TRAC card, you can borrow library materials, access eResources, place holds, and renew items through TRACpac.
Relais is an interlibrary loan system allowing users to search for and then place holds on materials not available through the TRAC shared catalogue. Peace Library System staff then use the system to fill requests from libraries across the province. A video tutorial on how to use Relais is available on Niche Academy.
Alberta’s Relais interlibrary loan service is closed to requests at this time due to province-wide library closures under COVID-19 restrictions. However, we are temporarily collecting ILL requests (for items not available in TRAC) on Google Forms at https://forms.gle/tR8awJpUqddP5fXz9.
PLS headquarters staff will monitor submissions to this form. We will submit these requests manually where possible, and will otherwise process these requests via Relais on behalf of library patrons as soon as it becomes available.
A TAL Card enables Albertans to walk into over 300 public, post-secondary and government special libraries across the province, borrow material, and return it to any participating library. The TAL card is the only program that allows cross-sectoral borrowing (such as a member of a public library borrowing from an academic library, and vice versa).
It is free to register for a TAL Card, which you can request from library staff at your home library. TAL Card users have access to the same walk-in borrowing privileges as local library card holders. Borrowed materials can be returned at any TAL member library.
ME Libraries is the initiative which allows patrons to take their library card to any public library in Alberta that is part of the provincial network. Patrons planning on visiting a library and checking out a book in person can register to do so via ME Libraries.
You can register via www.melibraries.ca, using your library card barcode and PIN. Once you are logged in, you can choose at which public libraries you would like to register. Once you have registered your card at another public library, your will be able to use that public library as any other local library patron.
Visit the ME Libraries website for more information and to find participating libraries.