Where in the world did that book come from?? The story of Interlibrary Loan

There is no way we can own every single article, book, and movie the Fisher Family might need. But luckily, there are still ways to get access to these items! Interlibrary Loan allows us to borrow items from libraries all over the world. This way, you can still get that important book or article, even if Lavery doesn’t have a copy!

Royal Danish Library

While we borrow many items from neighboring libraries like SUNY Brockport, Nazareth, and U of R, Interlibrary Loan is international and allows us to borrow items from not just down the street, but across the country, and around the world! In 2016 alone, we borrowed hundreds of books from libraries throughout the United States and from libraries in New Zealand, England, Scotland, and Germany. We also received copies of articles from libraries like the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen, Denmark, and from the British Library in London.

british library
British Library

Since we borrow items from around the world, Lavery Library also returns the favor by lending our own items to libraries that need them. Our books have traveled to universities  such as Yale, Penn State, and Cornell in the United States, but have also been to libraries in Canada, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Australia, and even Thailand. In the past couple years, our small college in Rochester, NY has sent 22 books to libraries in Denmark!

The next time you pick up an Interlibrary Loan book from the Checkout Desk, take a look at the paperwork and see from where in the world your book came! And the next time you check out a book from our collection–who knows—maybe it just came back from a trip around the world.

thank you ILL

This Letter From Lavery was penned by: Alicia Marrese, Interlibrary Loan Coordinator

Women’s History Month: First Women of Fisher on Display Now

What do you do with an idea? As with many things, this idea started with a question, followed by taking a risk. More than a year ago, a small group of library staff started thinking about creating a display to honor Women’s History Month, which takes place every March to celebrate the contributions of women to American society. We considered an advanced timeline in order to be ready for March 2016, but decided to wait a year and plan in order to do our best job. It was not lost on us that waiting until 2017 had the possibility of coinciding with our first female President of the United States.

Katherine Keough, 5th President of St. John Fisher College

Our project gradually came to be focused around the role of women, the contributions of women, and the most notable “firsts” from women at St. John Fisher College. Many in the SJFC community are aware of the lasting effect of Fisher’s first and only female President, Katherine Keough, on the campus, but we wanted to draw attention to other types of “firsts”. We narrowed our focus to three areas: Athletics, Faculty and Staff, and Students.


We realized that it would take some time to pull together artifacts covering the long span of the  College’s history. We worked together over the last year to put this display in place.

Uncovered in the College Archives were many curiosity-provoking images, documents, and papers. Who were these women? What was it like to be a woman on this College campus? We may not have all of the answers to these questions, but the College Archives is the place to start to piece together their stories. We also reached out to campus staff and faculty to gather names and information.

We hope you enjoy the First Women of Fisher display in the Library’s Main Floor Learning Commons. One or two females from each category are highlighted, along with posters. The display will be available from Monday, February 27 through Monday, March 27, 2017.

This Letter from Lavery was penned by: Nancy Greco, Kate Ross, & Jenny Bigenwald