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WYLD is a collaborative effort to provide access to the collections and services of every Wyoming Library. WYLDCAT includes over 100 libraries, more than a million titles, and access to online resources.

The Wyoming Libraries' Database (WYLD) serves all of the public and academic libraries of the state: all 23 county libraries, 43 branch libraries, four school districts, seven community colleges, a number of special libraries, and the State Library - over 90 libraries in all. [members] It is managed and administered by the Wyoming State Library within the State Department of Administration and Information. WYLD helps all of these libraries and Wyoming citizens share resources by common access to the statewide database of over a million titles owned by Wyoming libraries.

The system allows citizens direct access to this statewide database and more through library computers or from home, school, or office. Those searching for information may use the public access catalog to see resources in their own library, or they may alter their search to see what is available elsewhere in the state. They may also search indexes of thousands of periodicals which contain many full text, printable articles, browse a readers' advisory (fiction) tool, or research with an online encyclopedia. The system also connects users to the University of Wyoming's catalog which allows access to resources available on and off campus.

This cooperative system was expanded with special supplementary funding provided by the Wyoming Legislature during 1996, and ongoing support is provided through the federal program, L.S.T.A., ongoing state funding, and local support from counties, community colleges, and school districts. Such a shared computerized system takes advantage of costs savings over systems which might have been purchased by individual libraries, and much more efficiently enables the sharing of costly library materials.

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