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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.

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 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.



Keck Memorial Library's policy and procedures on Inter-library Loan:

  • How a request should be made?

Requests for Interlibrary Loans can be made by asking the librarian, e-mailing the library, or calling the library.  Request should include Title, author, Name of person wanting the loan and their phone number or e-mail address.

Please fill out the request form on this web page

  • Is there is a fee?

No, there is no fee for Interlibrary Loans.


  • How long material can be kept?

Materials are checked out for a two week period.  Since materials are borrowed from another library, renewals are not always allowed.  If you need materials longer, please contact us and the librarian will check with the lending library to see if the loan can be extended.  Interlibrary Loans that are late being returned are fined 5 cents a day for each item.


  • Are there are any consequences for not picking up an item?

Materials not picked-up will be returned to the lending library.  The item cannot be requested again for a period of 2 months


  • Any other restrictions on requests?

Patrons are asked to have their library card for one month.  Borrowers should not request more items than they will be able to use within a two week period.



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