What is a FamilySearch affiliate library? 

An affiliate library cooperates with FamilySearch International to help patrons have fun personal family history discoveries. This outcome is accomplished by affiliate libraries sharing FamilySearch’s digital record collections with patrons locally.

This partnership requires a signed
contract and a shared static IP address with FamilySearch, which enables access
to additional digital record collections.

What are the benefits of being an affiliate library?

A major benefit of being an affiliate library is access to additional digital records not available outside a family history center or an affiliate library. These digital records include images and names indexes. Currently, there are about 400 million original records available in a digital format that affiliate libraries have access to.

Affiliate libraries also receive a monthly
e-newsletter subscription for reference staff to stay abreast of what’s new and
the latest tips and tricks for supporting family history patrons.

A smiling family gathers around a computer at a library.

What does it cost to be an affiliate library?

There is no cost to be an affiliate library.

What is a partner library?

A partner library is a library (whether public, special, or university) that participates in FamilySearch’s Family History Book Scanning initiative to preserve local genealogical collections digitally.

provides all the equipment and resources to digitize the books, and the partner
libraries help provide content to be preserved digitally, such as books that are in
the public domain and have a genealogical or local historical value.

Some partner libraries host a
FamilySearch scan center. Others may send books to a center to be scanned.

The contributing library for all books
on the website is clearly identified. We also provide monthly statistics on
usage for books from a partner library.

Is an affiliate library also a book scanning partner library?

is possible to be both an affiliate library and a partner library. If you are
interested in becoming an affiliate library, contact Cherie Bush at bushcd@FamilySearch.org. If you are
interested in becoming a partner library, contact Dennis Meldrum at meldrumdl@FamilySearch.org.

What is controlled digital lending?

digital lending
is an option for some libraries
and companies to circulate books digitally that are still
under copyright. Currently,
FamilySearch does not participate in controlled digital lending.

Does the Family History Library participate in interlibrary loan?

does not participate in interlibrary loans. Visit here to find libraries and organizations
that participate in interlibrary loans.

What do the different icons in the FamilySearch catalog mean?

A screenshot of the FamilySearch catalog, including icons on the right describing the different kinds of access to records.

The FamilySearch catalog uses icons to quickly
tell the patron the accessibility of the records they are seeking.  

A document icon.

  A document icon means that the resource is
only an indexed record or transcription of the document.  

A camera icon.

  A camera icon means you can view the image of the original document from any web-enabled portable device.

A camera with a key on top icon.

A camera with a key icon indicates that access to an image is restricted, such as an image that can be seen only at an affiliate library or a family history center. 

Why are some images restricted to family history centers and not included for affiliate libraries?

FamilySearch publishes copies of records only after gaining permission from the original record custodian (generally a government agency) and faithfully abiding by all the stipulated conditions and applicable laws. To remain in compliance with these agreements and standards, FamilySearch occasionally needs to adjust access to specific records. If you cannot find a record that was previously accessible, it is likely due to stipulations from the record custodians. 

Source: New on FamilySearch