Interlibrary Loan

Our library purchases the books and materials that we believe will be the most useful, and most requested, by our community. Because of limited resources and space, we can’t purchase everything that is published, but we can usually obtain it from another library. This is called interlibrary loan. Our library is part of a vast network of participating libraries that are willing to loan out materials to other libraries. Our library uses SILO Interlibrary loan to borrow items from other Iowa libraries and OCLC Interlibrary loan to borrow items from libraries around the United States and other countries.

If we don’t have the items or materials that you are looking for, ask library staff if it may be available from another library. 

To use our interlibrary loan service, you will need:

1. to have an account in good standing

2. to provide the title and author of the item you are requesting

3. to pay a $2.00 fee per item to help cover the cost of postage, payable at the time the item is ordered.

If the lending library charges additional fees or deposits to send the requested materials it will be the patron's responsibility to pay these fees. If we are unable to borrow the item requested, the $2.00 fee will be refunded.

Most of the items are delivered to our library within 2 weeks by IAShares, a statewide courier service. Loan periods may vary, but most are for at least 2 weeks. Once an interlibrary loan arrives, library staff will notify you by phone and the item needs to be picked up within one week. Items not picked up within one week will be returned to the lending library and the $2.00 fee will not be refunded.

Read our full Interlibrary Loan Policy.