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Borrow Beyond Altoona

If you are an Altoona or rural Polk County resident, you can borrow from across Iowa, Missouri, Colorado, and beyond! Use the online catalog to search for an item. If it’s not there, use the MOBIUS link in the lower left column to send your search to MOBIUS. Not there? Use the Prospector link from MOBIUS to search Colorado libraries. Use your library card to place a hold on the item and it will be shipped.

Call the library to submit an Interlibrary Loan request for items in Iowa. We recommend trying a MOBIUS/Prospector search first.

We receive MOBIUS items three times a week via courier service. Interlibrary Loan is delivered via U.S. Postal Service.

Effective Monday, April 5, the entire building will be available for browsing, and study rooms are available for reservations.  Masks are required, and browsing is limited to 30 minutes.

Library Hours:
Monday-Thursday 9-1; 3-8 (Curbside morning and evening)
Friday Curbside Only 9-5
Saturday 9-1; 3-5 (Curbside morning and afternoon)
Sunday 2-5:30 (No curbside)

Curbside: If you chose "curbside" as your pickup branch AND have received a notice that your item is ready, you can make your own curbside reservation at For more information on the process, visit No Contact Pick Up.

Returns: The walk-up drops near the south doors will be available 24/7, and the drive up drop is available.

Payments: Payments on your account can be made by mailing a check to the library, or dropping exact cash or a check in the drop box.

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