Can't find that book you're looking for in the RiverShare Catalog? That's okay! The library can often find the title you're looking for through Interlibrary loan where we ask other libraries in the state (and sometimes across the country). This service is free and most requests are filled within 2 weeks. Materials that are in high demand, hard to find, or owned by only a few libraries may take longer.

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!


What is an Interlibrary Loan?
Clinton Public Library can borrow materials not in our RiverShare catalog from other libraries for our patrons.

How likely am I to get what I request?
About 85% of requests are filled.

How much does it cost?
There is no fee for this service.

What can't I get through Interlibrary Loan?
Newly released DVDs, newly published books, ebooks and digital movies, eReaders, computer software, or entire issues of magazines are unavailable.

How long will it take?
Most requests are filled within 2 weeks. Materials that are in high demand, hard to find, or owned by only a few libraries may take longer.

How can I check the status of my request?
Contact the library at (563) 242-8441 and ask to talk to the Interlibrary loan specialist, Cheryl.

What happens when my interlibrary loan materials come in?
You will be notified by phone. One you are notified, the materials will be held at the front desk at the library.

How long can I keep my interlibrary loan materials?
Loan periods are set by the lending library. Unless the due date falls on a Sunday, this is the date we follow. The due date will be noted on a slip on the cover of the book or the inside cover. It is in your best interest to pick up your materials promptly.

Can I renew my interlibrary loan materials?
It depends on the lending library. A request will be sent and the lending library accepts or denies the renewal. The patron will then be notified.

What are the restrictions on Interlibrary Loans?

  • If the Clinton Public Library owns or has ordered the item you want, it cannot be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • You may have up to 8 active requests per card at one time.
  • Your card cannot be expired and you cannot owe more than $5 in fines, fees or other charges.
  • Patrons with Open Access or subscription library cards are not eligible for Interlibrary Loan services.
  • Students should request course materials through their school library.
  • Copyright restrictions may apply to some photocopy requests.