YRL provides member libraries and their patrons access to many information sources, such as:
- TRACpac, a shared online catalogue comprising the collections of more than 170 libraries;
- ME Libraries, the ability to join and use any public library in Alberta; and
- TAL Online, access to all library collections in Alberta, including academic libraries, through YRL's membership in The Alberta Library.
Together, Marigold Library System, Northern Lights Library System, Peace Library System and YRL form The Regional Automation Consortium — better known as TRAC. Among the many things we share are the catalogue TRACpac, eResources, and library software.
- Your TRAC card allows you to borrow library materials, access eResources, place holds and renew items.
- Anyone living in a YRL member municipality is eligible for a TRAC card from a YRL member library. Local boards will determine fees and policies.
The TRAC Operational Guidelines (Sept 2018) contain information for member libraries on resource sharing, materials handlinig, damaged/lost materials payment, missing and in-transit items and contacting patrons.
ME Libraries is initiative by the Public Library Services Branch of Alberta Municipal Affairs that allows library patrons from other parts of the province to join your library.
- ME automates the checking of good standing — no need for staff to call the home library.
- ME allows the patron to self-mediate when and which libraries they join.
- ME lets the patron use their home library card and PIN.
Patrons simply go to www.melibraries.ca to sign up for the library of their choice.
For more information, and instruction on manually adding users to ME Libraries in an instance where a patron is unsuccessful registering online, please visit All About Me.
There are promotional materials available on the ME Libraries Wiki.
The Alberta Library (TAL) is a province-wide consortium serving over 300 locations across the province, including public libraries, regional library systems, university libraries, college and technical institute libraries and special libraries. As a member of a regional library system, your library patrons can get a TAL Card, which allows them to borrow from an academic or special library within Alberta and return them at any participating TAL library. Find items in libraries across Alberta using TAL Online.