In response to our communities’ needs, Alton, Boyden, Hawarden, Hospers, Hull, and Orange City have created a peer-to-peer lending consortium. The consortium authorizes users to directly search other libraries for materials and request these items as easily as if the materials were at their home library. Library card holders from each of these libraries can use their home library card at each location. That means that you only need one card to access six libraries! These six libraries also serve as book drops for each other. Return all your loans to one library and the items are checked in and sent back to the home library for you!
With the Flexshare, you can quickly reserve a material from the participating libraries, and either have the material sent to your home library or pick it up there. To do so:
- Log in to the library catalog and search for an item.
- Select “Search other libraries” and designate which ones to search.
- To reserve an item and have it shipped to the Orange City Public Library, simply select “Reserve this item.” To reserve an item for pickup in another community, click on the library name. This will open the other library’s catalog in a new tab. Log in again and select “Reserve this item.”