I applied for a library card at the Galt Library when I registered for the Paper Craft class that was offered there recently. The only thing I've borrowed from the library was Andrea Bocelli CD and DVD combo called Under the Desert Sky.
A few days ago I was recommended Adeline Yen Mah's book called Falling Leaves: The True Story of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter. I didn't want to buy another book since I've got a pile of books waiting to be read!
I decided to check online if the local library carries the book. It does not. But I was able to place a request online and the library will get the book for me because there are other libraries that are under the Sacramento Library system that do carry the book. I will be notified by the library once the book becomes available at the local library.
I think that it is neat that I am able to do all this online. At the Sacramento Library website, you can search for any book on their catalog. I don't know if you request for a book that they do not carry, they will order it for you. But what I do know now is that you can request for any book that is available even if your local library does not have it.
The other thing is that you can return your books to any of the libraries that is in their system. You are not confined to one particular library.
Nightwing, who recommended Adeline Mah's book to me, wonders when the libraries in Malaysia will be able to offer such a service. "Next century?" I teased.