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Borrow materials from another library

This is called interlibrary loan.


  • 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 often 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. Most of the items are delivered to our library in 4-7 days. The loan periods vary. 
  • If you have a request, please come into the library or call us during library hours. Make sure you have the name of the book and/or the author. 
  • Is there a fee? To request a book, it costs a $1.00 for shipping fees to and from our library per item. You will have to pay when the request is made.
  • How long materials can be kept? Materials can be on loan for a maximum of three weeks. Some libraries however will only allow items to be on loan for a shorter period of time. Make sure you check with your librarian to get the exact date. The staff will inform you of the loan period when you pick up the item.
  • Restrictions? Some libraries will not loan out brand new materials. If that is the case, wait a few weeks and then ask your librarian again.
This resource is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by State Library of Iowa.