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Tolland Public Library Receives Anonymous Donation

A patron has given $325 to the library so that residents don't have to pay a fee when using the interlibrary loan system.

An anonymous patron has donated $325 to the , eliminating the need for an interlibrary loan fee. 

"I'm thrilled," said Director of Library Services Barbara Pettijohn. "It wasn't just the fifty cent charge. The donor was also concerned that the staff would have to ask for the fifty cents, and that there was hassle about creating new forms. It was very touching."

Pettijohn explained that the library has been paying the $325 for a number of years. The fee allows the state to facilitate interlibrary loans between different town libraries.

The interlibrary loan cost has always been included in the budget, but this year a fifty cent fee was introduced to offset the cost, Pettijohn said.

"It makes it easier for the patrons, and it makes it easier for us," she said of the donation.

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The library did see other fee charges to mark the beginning of this fiscal year, including increasing DVD and video overdue fees from $1 a day to $2 a day, as well as museum pass overdue fees from $1 a day to $5 a day.

, the town council said it would reexamine potentially funding the interlibrary loan cost during the next budget cycle.

Pauline Sardo July 12, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Thank you to the anonymous donor! I use the interlibrary system all the time and definitely feel it would make the library less of a "free library".
Miranda July 12, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Thank you! I use the interlibrary system all the time and really appreciate your generosity!
Betty-Lou Griffin July 19, 2012 at 08:56 AM
Thank you! A public library should not charge for access to resource materials, including interlibrary loans. The $325 should be reinstated in next year's budget to allow "free and equal access" to information.

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