January 27, 2022

Improved Access: A New Public Library-Academic Library Partnership in Arkansas

From a Joint Announcement:

2015-09-24_12-32-49_01Library patrons will benefit from the latest partnership between the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS).

Through ArkReach, a new joint online program, UALR staff and students can use their university-issued library cards to borrow and return select materials from CALS without ever visiting one of the system’s branches. Similarly, CALS patrons can reserve and receive UALR materials without setting foot on campus.


The program increases the accessibility of materials like fiction, videos, and CDs for UALR’s faculty and students, while giving CALS patrons an opportunity to reserve some scholarly materials unique to UALR. It’s available through the online catalog of both institutions.


While the program currently is a partnership between the two institutions, those involved hope to extend its scope — and its benefits — throughout the state of Arkansas by welcoming other library systems in the future.

See Also: New Public Library-Academic Library Partnership Bringing Innovation Library to Coming to British Columbia (May 30, 2015)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.