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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 get it from another library.

We don't have the book you want?

  • 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.
How Is This Possible?
  • 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. By providing us with the name of the book, as well as the author, we can search for this book and request it from another library.  Most of the items are delivered to our library in 4-7 days. The loan periods vary, but you are able to keep most items at least 2 weeks.  The staff will inform you of the loan period when you pick up the item.

A Small Fee.

  • To help defray the postage, we ask for $3.00 per item we borrow for you.