The ME Libraries service is for patrons wishing to borrow from a public library within Alberta other than their home branch/system.
The TAL Card is for patrons wishing to borrow from an academic or special library within Alberta.
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:
If you have patrons visiting another library and would like to search their catalogue beforehand, here are links to library catalogues outside of TRAC.
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.
Important things to remember about the TAL Card: