Idaho Commission for LibrariesAddress: 325 W State St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2150 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 458-3271
Printed from the Idaho Commission for Libraries website: http://libraries.idaho.gov
VALNet - Valley Library Network
VALNet, the Valley Automated Library Network, is a consortium of public and and school libraries in Southeastern Washington and North Central Idaho working together to share resources and information services. VALNet currently serves nearly 70,000 patrons with over 709,000 books, movies, magazine and othe rlibrary materials.
In addition to cooperation among different types of libraries, VALNet promotes cooperation among city and county governmental units and school districts in two states. VALNet libraries cooperate in many ways to provide the best possible services to their users and to make optimal use of financial resources:
- Shared online patron access catalog
- Shared check-out system
- Daily courier picks up and delivers items to VALNet libraries
- Cooperative collection development
- Cooperative grant writing
- Shared staff development programs
- Shared patron training programs
The VALNet consortium was created in 1985 with 4 agencies and 5 library locations. Over the years, VALNet has grown to include more than 50 library locations.