|Eastern Shores Library System was founded as a
multi-county federated public library system in 1987. There are thirteen member
libraries in the System -- 5 in Ozaukee County, 8 in Sheboygan County. Mead Public Library, in Sheboygan, serves as the
resource library for the System.
The System covers 741 square miles, and serves a 2010 estimated population of over 201,902 persons. The services provided by Eastern Shores and its Member Libraries are for all persons in Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties to enjoy. Any person in the two counties has the right to use any of the thirteen libraries.
A delivery service between the libraries and the System office allow you to return books and other materials to any convenient member library. Interlibrary Loan makes it possible for you to receive materials and information from other Wisconsin Libraries. In addition, Eastern Shores has reciprocal agreements with other Wisconsin public library systems, allowing you to check out materials at other libraries when you're on vacation.
During 2001, Eastern Shores implemented EasiCat, an online shared automated catalog of all of the items owned by all of the libraries and the bookmobile. Customers can go to any library and view all of the items, place holds on items, and have them delivered to the library that is the most convenient. Customers with Internet access can perform the same functions at home, school, or place of business twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
And finally, Eastern Shores operates the Bookmobile, which serves many of the communities in Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties that do not have libraries.
The current director of the System is David Weinhold. ESLS operates under Chapter 43 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
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