Interlibrary Loan

Borrowing from Other Libraries

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. Any user with a current, valid library card may inter-library loan two items at one time. There is a charge of $1.25 per item for this service to cover postage and handling. 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 call you when the item arrives and inform you of the loan period when you pick up the item.

All charges for inter-library loaned items lost, damaged, or not returned by the borrower are the responsibility of that user. All library privileges will be revoked until the bill is paid or the item returned undamaged. If the lending library charges fines, the user is responsible for reimbursing Spencer Public Library.

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. You can search for items yourself on the Iowa Locator. For items not owned by Iowa libraries, try searching World Cat.

Not all materials will be available to borrow especially CDs, DVDs, reference materials, or genealogy items. If you need a longer loan period or more than two items at a time, contact the director.