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Interlibrary Loan

Request a Loan from Another Library

If an item you are seeking is not available at any library in the Metro Network (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha or Marion), you may suggest that the library purchase the item for you by completing this form: Purchase Suggestion.
Additionally, we may be able to get it from another library through Interlibrary Loan. Fees may apply.

Making a request for an Interlibrary Loan can be made through the Catalog. To make this request, you need to be logged in with your library card number and pin. When you search for something that the library does not own, you will see the message, “No matches were found in the Metro Library Network. Click here to search and request an interlibrary loan (fees may apply).”  If you follow through on this search, the catalog will search the State of Iowa’s online holdings (SILO) and allow you to place a hold on the title that you are looking for.

If you are in need of assistance, please call the Library at 319.261.7323, use the chat feature, or reach out at info@crlibrary.org.

Guidelines for Interlibrary Loans

1) You must have a valid Cedar Rapids Public Library card to request interlibrary loans. If you have fees of $20 or more, your request cannot be processed.
2) Please check the library catalog to be sure that the material is not owned by any Metro Library Network library.
3) We will process up to five requests per patron at one time. This includes requests that have already been submitted, but are not yet completed. Fill out a separate request for each item.
4) You can access the request form by logging into your account with your library card number and PIN. When you search for an item the library does not own, you will see the message “No matches were found in the Metro Library Network. Click here to search and request an interlibrary loan (fees may apply). If you need help, please call the Library at 319.261.READ for assistance.
5) Items are coming from other libraries and we cannot guarantee how soon an item will be available or for how long you will be able to borrow it. Due dates for interlibrary loan materials are set by the lending library. To see if interlibrary loan materials are renewable, please call the library at (319) 261-READ at least two days before the item is due.
6) Please do not remove any labels or bands that identify the item as an Interlibrary Loan item. Interlibrary loan materials are borrowed from other libraries. Please return them on time!