Interlibrary Loan

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.

What Is 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 usually get 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.

Item Availability
Our library uses SILO Interlibrary loan to borrow items from other Iowa libraries. You may search the SILO Locator to find the availability of an item, then make the request through your local library.

Requesting an Interlibrary Loan
If we don’t have the book or magazine that you are looking for, ask the staff to get it for you or make a request online.

There is a minimal charge of $3 per item for this service. This fee is payable when the item is received. Please note, you are responsible for this fee even if you decide later that you don't want the requested material.

Delivery & Checkout Time
Most of the items are delivered to our library in 4 to 7 days. The item must be picked up within 7 days of delivery. The loan periods vary, but you are able to keep most items for at least 2 weeks. The staff will inform you of the loan period when you pick up the item.

Other Interlibrary Loan Rules
  • Books and magazine articles are the main interlibrary loan items, but exceptions may be made for other media if requested for special projects.
  • Failure to return items on time and in same condition as received may result in suspension of interlibrary loan privileges.
  • Limit 3 requests per week.
  • No interlibrary loan requests will be allowed from residents of communities with their own library.
  • You must have current library card and be in good standing.