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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Borrowing Items From Other Libraries

Using MOBIUS and Prospector to find Interlibrary Loan (ILL) titles

MOBIUS and Prospector are Interlibrary Loan request options, for borrowing books from other libraries.  They are integrated into our Encore catalog and are easy to use!

Search the WDM Encore catalog first > then MOBIUS > then Prospector.

To Start, direct your browser to our WDM Library catalog:   >>

Search for an item by typing in the Search box.  If we don’t have it, you can search for the item in MOBIUS.

Click on either of the MOBIUS links (see image) to perform the same search in the MOBIUS catalog:


The search results may include different formats and electronic resources listed.

Note that we can borrow print and A/V materials (DVDs, Audiobooks), but not eBooks or eAudiobooks.

See our website for e-content options.






If Mobius doesn’t have your item, either, there is a link to check Prospector, another catalog in the loan system.


Each catalog opens a new browser but they all work virtually the same, are all connected together, and if you place a request in any of them, it will follow the same holds process – just as if you borrowed it from us!

Once you find the title and format you want, click the Request It button – a pop-up opens.  Choose MOBIUS West Des Moines Public Library from the drop down menu (see image) then click Submit above Information button.

Finally, fill in Your Name and Barcode (your WDM Library card number), then click Submit.

If asked to select a specific copy or location, choose any one that states it is Available.  When you have chosen your item, click on Request Selected Item and this will tell the lending library to send it to the WDM Library.

Once the item comes in via courier, the items will go on the Holds shelf and you will get notified in the usual way through email, phone call or text depending on your existing preferences.  A due date will be noted on the item.