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Borrowing from other libraries

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 if you can get it from another library.
Our library purchases books and materials that we think are most wanted by our patrons. Because of our limited budget and space we can’t buy everything patrons might want, but we can usually get what you need from another library. This is called inter-library loan (ILL). Our library is part of a network of participating libraries that are willing to loan out materials to other libraries.

If we don’t have the item that you are looking for, ask the staff to get it for you from another library. There is a charge of $1.00 per item requested for this service, to help cover the cost of postage. Most libraries will not, however, loan out new materials. This varies from library to library, but usually includes anything less than six to 12 months old. Most of the items are delivered to our library within a week. The loan periods vary, but you are able to keep most items about 4 weeks.  The staff will inform you of the loan period when you pick up the item.

Our library can borrow items from other Iowa libraries, as well as from libraries around the United States and other countries.

Use the link below to search the Iowa Locator for items you may wish to borrow. Then ask a member of the library staff to request them for you.

Iowa Locator

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.