Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan – borrowing from other area libraries for delivery at Towanda Library – is one of the fastest growing services our library offers.

Use the link to RSA Cat, the online catalog for 200 area libraries, to order from other libraries.

Use RSA Cat to locate the book you want from another library or merely to check if a book is on the shelf in our library — before making the trip to the library for it..

Once you locate the book you need, PLACE A HOLD on the book. When the book arrives for you at our library, we will call you.

All of this is free-of-charge, of course. Allow one week for delivery.

If you do not wish to place an online request yourself, just ask one of the library staff to initiate an Interlibrary Loan for you.


Towanda District Library is one of 3,700 libraries that belong to the RAILS Library System. RAILS service area covers the northern half of the Illinois. Library systems recently merged to create a new and more sustainable business model that will reduce costs and safeguard services to Illinois libraries during Illinois’ unprecedented fiscal crisis. The foresight to merge Illinois’ library systems from 10 regional systems to two began in 2010. RAILS is the result. Uninterrupted services such as Inter-library Loan for local library customers is also the result. Towanda’s Library Director served on the governing board of RAILS from its inception in 2011 to 2016.