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.

  • Interlibrary loans are transactions in which library materials are  borrowed from one library by another library.
  • Mediapolis Public Library takes part in a statewide ILL program with a system called SILO.  This system includes all participating Iowa  Libraries and offers to loan their materials to other Iowa Libraries free  of charge through a program called Access Plus. MPL also participates in a national program called OCLC which enables  the library to borrow materials from other libraries throughout the  nation.
  • Any patron with a valid borrower’s card may use the interlibrary loan service.
  • Interlibrary loan is used only when the Mediapolis Public Library does not own the item that is requested or does not deem it favorable to purchase the requested item.  Interlibrary loan can only be used for items that are at least 6 months old because most libraries will not loan recent acquisitions to other libraries.
  • Whenever possible, all interlibrary loans will be processed by the library director within one week of the request.  Patrons will be notified by phone or mail when the item is received by the library or if the item is unavailable within four weeks of their request.
  • A patron can have requests for not more than five items in process at any one time.
  • Patrons who opt to use the interlibrary loan service agree to abide by any date due or renewal restrictions that other libraries place on their materials and agree to pay any costs associated with damages or overdue fees that they may incur.
  • Patrons will be allowed up to 12 interlibrary loan items per fiscal year.  Any requests above that amount may be subject to a $2.00 postage fee to be paid at the time of the request.