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. There is no charge for this service. 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.
Our library uses SILO Inter-library loan to borrow items from other Iowa libraries and OCLC Inter-library loan to borrow items from libraries around the United States and other countries.
Inter-library Loan Procedures and Policies
• How a request should be made
Ask the staff for help searching a particular title, author, or subject.
If you wish you may search by clicking on the link: SILO Locator.
This is a union catalog of books in Iowa libraries. Ask the staff to place the request and they will notify you when the item is available.
There is no fee unless the lending library charges us for the service or if there is an overdue fine from the lending library.
• How long material can be kept
We check out the items on our system for 2 weeks. Depending on the lending library materials may be kept up to 4 weeks. We do not renew ILL's without permission of the lending library.
• Consequences for not picking up an item
You should pick up the item immediately to allow enough time for you to use it and for us to return it through the mail. If you do not pick it up within a week, you may be charged the postage fee.
• Restrictions on requests
Open Access patrons should request ILL's through their home library.
We cannot guarantee that books will be available for long-term classroom use or that multiple copies will be available at the same time. Please consult your local AEA for classroom copies.
Audio/visual items are not available from all libraries. New titles with current year publication date may not be available from lending libraries in order that they serve their local patrons first.