Iowa Locator Services
The Bertha Bartlett Public Library buys books and materials most wanted by our community. Because of limited resources and space, we cannot buy all published items, but can often borrow what a patron wants from another library, through interlibrary loan. Iowa libraries are part of a vast network of participating libraries that are willing to loan materials to other libraries.
Iowa libraries use the SILO Locator and interlibrary loan system to borrow books from other participating in-state libraries. The Bertha Bartlett Public Library assesses a $1 fee for each SILO transaction to defray costs of shipping and handling.
NOTE: If the requested item is not available within Iowa, the request can be forwarded to libraries outside Iowa through the OCLC Resource Sharing system. The library making the out of state referral must be an OCLC member, and OCLC charges a fee for the referrals.