If we do not have the item you want, we may be able to borrow it from another library. Dodge City Public Library is part of a cooperative system of libraries that lend each other materials. This is called Interlibrary loan. Our borrowing is mostly from libraries in Kansas, but we can borrow materials from all over the nation! Most of our loan requests are granted and items are usually available in less than two weeks.
There are three ways a patron can request an Interlibrary loan:
- Ask for the Interlibrary loan form at the front desk of the library (it’s the pink one); or
- Visit our online catalog to make the request online.
- E-mail your request to me.
Interlibrary Loan Manager
To make the process work faster, you can see if the item you want is available for Interlibrary loan. The first step is to see if the item is already part of the Dodge City Public Library collection. Check out our online catalog:
If the item is not part of our collection, then see if it can be found in a library in Kansas by visiting the Kansas Library Catalog:
If the item is not found in the State of Kansas, you may search globally with WorldCat, a source that includes almost all the libraries in the USA and Canada, and many libraries from many other countries:
After you find your item, print off the item’s record. Use that information to fill out the request form (whether on paper or online). Make sure to include Title, and Author. Copyright Date, ISBN, and Edition will also make the search faster.