Inter-Library Loan

Interlibrary Loan Service

Can’t find what you want in our catalog?

We may be able to borrow it for you.


What may I request through Interlibrary Loan?

  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • Music CDs
  • DVDs/VHS
  • magazine articles
  • microfilm

What am I not able to request through Interlibrary Loan?

  • items we own or have ordered
  • digital works, such as ebooks, digital audiobooks, digital magazines
  • textbooks
  • complete issues of magazines or newspapers

Is there a charge for this service?

$2.00 to help cover the cost of postage.

Is there a limit to how many requests I can have?

There is a limit of 10 active requests per patron. Requests are active from the time we place a request to borrow it until we mail it back to the lending library or until the request is cancelled.

How will I be notified about my request?

You will be notified by email or phone when the item is available for pickup, the same way that you are notified when your regular holds are ready. We will use the same method to let you know if we are unable to fill your request.

It is your responsibility to keep your contact information in your library card account current. You can update your contact information yourself by logging into your account or by calling the library at 641-923-2850.

How long will it take to get the requested item?

Allow for a minimum of one week. It will take more time if the item is unusual and difficult to locate. Also, if we decide that we will buy the item for the library’s collection instead of borrowing it, it may take a little longer. Be certain to indicate a date after which you no longer need the item.

How long do interlibrary loan items check out?

Items may be checked out for 4 weeks unless specified as otherwise on the item. Interlibrary loans may be renewed.

Where do I return my interlibrary loan item?

Interlibrary loan materials can be returned to the front desk or placed in the drive-up book drop.

What if I lose or fail to return the item?

If an ILL is not returned, returned very late, or returned in damaged condition, the patron will be responsible for the cost of the item plus any processing fees charged by the lending library.