Direct Access Program
The Direct Access Program (DAP) of the Capital District Library Council allows library patrons in good standing to borrow materials directly from participating libraries throughout the Capital District. The program was developed by CDLC member librarians in 1974 and has continued to be a popular means of accessing the library resources of the area. The DAP is sanctioned by the CDLC Board of Trustees, but is not an official service obligation of CDLC institutional membership.
Participation in the Direct Access Program is available to all member libraries, library systems, and individual public libraries in the ten-county region served by CDLC. Guidelines for the program can be found in the DAP Manual, linked below. To participate, a library must indicate its willingness to lend material to outside users (i.e., patrons of another library) in at least one of the participation categories (see guidelines) adopted by the CDLC Board of Trustees on April 28, 2001. If a library is unable or unwilling to lend directly to patrons of other libraries, or if the public has no access to the library, then participation in this program is not possible.
Follow these links for more information on the Direct Access Program: