Here it is, the 4th in a weekly series of steps toward making yourself a better genealogist:
Week 4: Learn about your local public library’s inter-library loan (ILL) policy. Pick a genealogy-related book that you want to read that is not in your library’s collection. Ask the librarian how to request the book from another library. Find the different library systems from which you can request books through your own library, as this can dramatically increase the number of genealogy books to which you have access. If you have a genealogy blog, write about your experience with requesting items through your library’s ILL service.
This challenge runs from Saturday, 23 January 2010 through Friday, 29 January 2010.
Taking advantage of inter-library loan services are a great way to access those distant records when the budget or the schedule won't allow you to just pick up and travel. And, don't forget to check the wonderful WorldCat database to see just what resources might be out there in other repositories that you could request through ILL.