CW/MARS (Central/Western Mass. Automated Resource Sharing). http://www.cwmars.org/ "Over 140 member libraries circulate more than nine million items annually to one million registered borrowers...offer a shared online computer system and combined collections of more than six million items." If your local library does not have a particular item, you can search the catalogs of the consortium members and request that it be sent to you for pick-up at a convenient public library. In order to request an item, you need to use the long number found on the back of your public library card.
First posted on December 8, 2004. Last updated Oct. 12, 2005.