County libraries launching interlibrary loan program

Beginning March 15, patrons will be able to borrow materials from other libraries across the state

Gulf Gate Library on Curtiss Avenue in Sarasota traditionally has been one of the county’s busiest libraries. Photo from the Friends of Gulf Gate Library website

Starting March 15, Sarasota County library cardholders will be able to borrow items through a statewide interlibrary loan program, the county has announced.

Sarasota County will utilize an inter-library loan system called Tipasa, “which allows patrons to search, request and borrow print materials and digital journal articles” that Sarasota County does not own but other libraries in the state do possess, a news release explains.

“We’re thrilled to be able to expand the resources available to Sarasota County residents,” said Sarabeth Kalajian, director of the county’s Libraries and Historical Resources Department, in the release. “This service will be particularly helpful to patrons seeking information from specialized or out-of-print sources.”

Cardholders will be able to set up accounts, search resources and request items, “all from their own computers or devices,” the release adds. Requested items will be delivered to the libraries for pick-up by the patrons.

For more information, call the county Contact Center at 861-5000 or visit