I just requested a book through interlibrary loan for the first time! The book is The Promise of Mediation: The Transformative Approach to Conflict, by Robert A. Baruch Bush and Joseph P. Folger. I am very particularly interested in this book, as I think it will discuss the sort of mediation I was envisioning when I became a mediator, but my public library doesn’t have it and it is priced at $35 on Amazon (apparently there is only a hardcover edition). I don’t think finding it at a used book store is very likely. So I was feeling rather disappointed when I noticed the button on the library catalog that said “search other libraries” – and voila, it came up and I could request it to be picked up at my usual library. I am really looking forward to the book and to using interlibrary loan again! I already have another book in mind to request sometime, The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations, by Jonathan Sacks. The only copy in my library system is listed as lost and paid. A whole new world has opened up with interlibrary loan!