Borrow from another library

Our library is connected to other libraries throughout the state and nation. If you can't find an item in this library, ask library staff to help you obtain it from another library.

Our library buys the books and materials that we think are most wanted by our community. Because of limited resources and space we can’t buy everything that is published, but we can usually get it from another library. This is called inter-library loan. Our library is part of a vast network of participating libraries that are willing to loan out materials to other libraries.

If we don’t have the book, CD, DVD, video or magazine that you are looking for, ask the staff to get it for you from another library. 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. There is a $2.00 fee per item to help cover the cost of postage that is payable when the item is ordered. If the lending library charges fees to send the requested materials it will be the patron's responsibility to pay these fees. If we are unable to get the item requested, the $2.00 fee will be refunded.

Most of the items are delivered to our library in 4-7 days. The loan periods vary, but most items can usually be kept for at least 2 weeks.  The staff will inform the patron of the loan period when the item is picked up. Once the patron has been notified we have received the item, they have one week to pick it up. If they fail to do so, the item will be returned to the lending library & the $2.00 fee will not be refunded.

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.