ME Libraries vs. TAL Card
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.
Patrons register via www.melibraries.ca, using their barcode and PIN. Once patrons are logged in, they can choose at which public libraries they would like to register.
Once patrons have registered their card at another public library, they will be able to use that public library as any other local library patron.
For patrons coming in to your public library from other ME libraries, their account in Polaris will show MeLibrary Branch as their Registered branch and Reciprocal as the Patron code.
Important things to remember about ME Libraries:
- Patrons do have to have an email address in their account profile. Notifications from ME libraries will only be sent via email.
- Only patrons 18 or older are able to register at other ME libraries. ME libraries will block underage patrons based on either the birthdate or patron code. The system does not look at the statistical class to determine age.
- When you check items out to a ME user, put a ME return flag in each item, in case the ME patron returns the items at their home library instead of at your library or another TRAC library. Please contact PLS if you need more ME Libraries flags.
- More information can be found on the TRAC ME Libraries lending policy, as well as a ME libraries wiki that has been created for additional resources.
If you have patrons visiting another library and would like to search their catalogue beforehand, here are links to library catalogues outside of TRAC.
- Calgary Public Library
- Chinook Arch Library System
- Edmonton Public Library
- Fort McMurray Public Library
- Fort Saskatchewan Public Library
- Parkland Library System
- Red Deer Public Library
- St. Albert Public Library
- Strathcona County Library
- Shortgrass Library System
Important things to remember about the TAL Card:
- A separate TAL Card will still be needed to borrow from college and university libraries in-person.
- When you check items out to a TAL Card user, put a TAL return flag in each item, in case the TAL patron returns the items at their home library instead of at your library or another TRAC library. Please contact PLS if you need more TAL Card flags.
- ME Libraries is intended to replace the TAL Card for borrowing from public libraries in-person. It is not replacing www.talonline.ca. Patrons who would like to interlibrary loan a book from outside TRAC still need to use www.talonline.ca.
- More information can be found on The Alberta Library’s TAL Card page.
Various ILL services that TRAC members have access to: