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Can’t Find It?

Whether it’s a book, magazine, DVD, or something else altogether, we want to help you locate the material you want.

We offer several options for locating content both inside and outside of the library. If you just need a good Book Recommendation, our skilled staff can help with that.

Our Inter-Library Loan service can help you find items from other libraries in our network and our Request for Purchase option allows you to directly request that the library purchase an item for our collection.

Book Recommendations

Fill out one of the following forms to receive a list of suggested books based on your interests.

Inter-Library Loan

Inter-library Loan (ILL) allows a patron to request items not available through the Municipal Library Consortium from libraries across the country. ILL is available to Kirkwood cardholders who hold a valid library card with less than $10.00 in fines/fees.

To search for materials, utilize the WorldCat Discovery or FirstSearch database.

While in the library, inter-library loan items may be requested online using the FirstSearch database and Worldcat Discovery. Otherwise requests can also be made by visiting the Reference Desk or calling (314) 821 5770, Option 3. Please provide as much information as possible about the item you desire. Please note that we cannot request items that are currently owned by the MLC, including items checked out, reference items, items released in the past 12 months, or items on order in our system.

Eligibility and Limits on Interlibrary Loan Borrowing

  • Interlibrary loan service is available to Kirkwood Public Library card holders in good standing–i.e. owing no more than $10.00 in outstanding overdue fines. Eligible patrons may have up to five active requests at a time. Active requests include items currently on loan to the patron and requests not yet filled.
  • Books, audiovisual materials, including videotapes, audiotapes, DVDs, CDs, and photocopies of periodical articles not owned by KPL or the MLC can be requested through interlibrary loan.
  • Items that cannot be borrowed include any item currently owned by the MLC, including items checked out, reference items, items released in the past 12 months, or items on order in our system.
  • There is no cost associated with requesting an ILL for Kirkwood Public Library cardholders.
  • Overdue Fines and Replacement Costs Patrons are responsible for any overdue fines and replacement costs. Fines for overdue ILL items are $0.25 per day, per item. Replacement costs for damaged or lost items are determined by the lending institution, and may amount to many times the actual value of the item.
  • Loan periods and renewal options are determined by the lending institution. A lender may recall an item at any time. Some libraries do not allow renewals, or require that items be used only within the library.
  • Renewals, which are solely at the discretion of the lending institution (not KPL), cannot be guaranteed. KPL will request one renewal per item. Requests for renewal must be made at least 5 days before an item’s due date. If the request is made later, fines may be accrued while waiting for a response from the lending library.
  • Fines may be incurred by the patron for overdue ILL materials, damage to loaned items, or other abuse of ILL privileges. See Policy above for details.

Request a Purchase

Can’t find it at your Library? We’d love to hear from you! Please fill out the form below, stop by the Library or call (314) 821 5770, Option 3 to recommend new items to add for our collection.

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