The libraries of the Valle del Sacco system offer various services for all kind of users.
Every library of the System has the same courier so that all the items within the system can be delivered without costs.
The libraries also offer the so-called interlibrary loan thanks to which the materials are available for borrowing for all national, local and academic libraries as well as for those belonging to private and public institutions that are associated with the National library system. The different process of borrowing are specified in the guidelines of every single library. National borrowing has its costs and provides refund for delivery and return charges of the items according to the prices of the different libraries
The libraries of the Valle del Sacco System have always spent time and energies for reading promotion activities with specific projects and initiatives which see the participation of all the Communes that are members of the Association. A programme of new projects is presented every year in cooperation with librarians, teachers, and cultural operators.
REFERENCE LIBRARY: PALIANO
The libraries of the system offer free internet access for all the customers who need consultation or wish to make research.
The system also offer the possibility of borrowing a variety of e-books that users can easily consult from their personal computers and mobile phones.
List of private libraries that cooperate with the system:
- AHISL – Art and History Institute of Southern Latium, Anagni
- The Association Oltre l’Occidente, Frosinone
- The Academy of Arts, Frosinone
- The “Licinio Refice” music conservatory, Frosinone
- The Italian Association for blind people, Frosinone
- The Italian Association Colli, Monte San Giovanni Campano
- The Research Center Vincenzo Patriarca , Sora
The cooperation of services aims at sharing the activities which contribute to the creation of economies of scale as well as to the functioning of the service itself.
The cooperation of services aims at sharing the activities which contribute to the creation of economies of scale as well as to the functioning of the service itself. In the specific case of libraries, sharing the catalogues was not sufficient, it was necessary to offer customers the possibility of having direct access to information on books and receiving the documents in the closest library as soon as possible. The role of interlibrary loan is to allow the delivery of the materials within the territory of the libraries. Since its creation in 1997, it has been considered the most useful and important tool for users. At present the Service includes a series of weekly deliveries to all the libraries of the System.
The cooperation with other similar services, operating in the neighbouring areas, allows the Service to expand its territory.
Nowadays, the area in which the Service operates comprehends most part of Southern Latium. A big complex of libraries which offers free services to all citizens and which represents an important place for students, where they can find all the materials they need for their research.
The Valle del Sacco System
The system includes 19 public libraries of the province of Frosinone and 6 other cooperating libraries. At present it serves around 300 thousand inhabitants, which means more than 50% of the whole provincial territory. The System owns more than 400 thousand items, which are both books and audiovisuals. The System includes the following public libraries: the libraries of Acuto, Alatri, Anagni, Boville Ernica, Ceccano, Ceprano, Ferentino, Fiuggi, Giuliano di Roma, Morolo, Paliano, Patrica, Pofi, Ripi, Serrone, Supino, Vallecorsa, Veroli, Villa S. Stefano.
The private libraries that cooperate with the System are: AHISL – Art and History Institute of Southern Latium, Anagni ; The Association Oltre l’Occidente, Frosinone; The Academy of Arts, Frosinone; The “Licinio Refice” music conservatory, Frosinone; The Italian Association for blind people, Frosinone; The Italian Association Colli, Monte San Giovanni Campano; The Research Center Vincenzo Patriarca , Sora.
The libraries are often found inside historical buildings which were appositely restored for this purpose, thanks to municipal and regional funds. The buildings offer not only proper rooms for reading and consulting books as well as adequate internet access for research, but also rooms for various cultural activities and general other activities such as meetings, briefings, exhibitions, festivals, and film conferences. The two most important annual events organised by the libraries of the System are: Reading Promotion and the Reader Award. Reading Promotion aims at encouraging people to Read by focusing on three main elements: the Book, the Reader and the Author. The only moments when these three elements meet is during the meeting with the author that every library organises yearly according to the preferences and age of its customers and thus transforming a simple event like this into an activity that has an outstanding social impact.
The winners of different libraries, of the whole System and for the best inside flap have been awarded.
The main event of Reading Promotion is the annual Reader Award. Established in 2011, the contest, entitled “Premio al lettore... per il piacere di leggere” (Reader Award... for the pleasure of reading), not only awards both junior and senior readers with vouchers for the purchase of books but it also attribute the merit to the most significant comment among those sent from all the libraries of the System. Every year, between March and April, the libraries of the System organise some events to celebrate the most diligent readers. During the World Book Day, on the 23th of April, the libraries award every reader of every single library plus the junior and senior readers awarded for being the most diligent readers of all the System.