Membership Benefits

Shortgrass provides services and support to enable libraries to meet the informational, educational, cultural, and recreational needs of their communities. Our services include:

For your patrons:

  • Browsing over 400,000 items in the shared online catalogue
  • Borrowing books from and returning them to any member library, including Medicine Hat College libraries
  • Accessing more than 250 Alberta libraries for free with The Alberta Library Card
  • Using TAL Online to search and borrow items from libraries across Alberta
  • Ordering books through worldwide interlibrary loans
  • Using CNIB materials if you are visually impaired
  • Receiving paperbacks by mail (Library 2 You) if you are homebound
  • Participating in the Children's Summer Reading Program
  • Using library computers and wireless Internet
  • Accessing databases and online tutorials
  • Reading a magazine or newspaper online
  • Participating in library programming via video conference
  • Access to library catalogue on the go via apps and mobile web

For your library:

  • Consulting by professional librarians
  • Computer and information technology support services
  • Bibliographic services and acquisitions
  • Bibliocommons - an easy to use Online Public Access Catalog, including mobile access via apps and mobile web
  • Resource sharing and reference services (with Medicine Hat Public Library acting as the Resource Library for reference services)
  • An in-system van delivery service
  • Disc repair services
  • Library Website development and maintenance
  • Training
  • System-wide access to resources
  • Access to video conferencing (RISE)

Video created by The Alberta Library to
show the benefits of collaboration

For more information about services offered by Shortgrass Library System, please see the System Services page.