Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get a library card?

Simply come in and fill out the form.  We will set one up for you on the spot.  Please, bring photo ID.


How do I put a reserve or hold on a book?

You may do that right here on our website.  Simply locate the item you'd like to reseve and click the "Place Hold" button.  You may also call us924-3680 of email nikki@burt.lib.ia.us and we will be happy to reserve it for you.

For items with multiple requests, the user’s name will be placed on a reserve list in the order the requests are received. Reserved materials will be circulated on a first requested first serve basis.


What is the check out time for books & movies?

Books..........One month
Dvds............Three days (limit of 4)
Magazines...One week


Can I order a book or a movie from another library?

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is offered to anyone with a current library card in good standing with the Burt Public LIbrary. The user should have no outstanding charges or overdue materials of any kind. The loan period for ILL materials is set by the lending library.

Interlibrary Loan materials will be requested from other libraries, but our patron will need to pay $ .50 per item to help us defray the return shipping expense.


How do checkout and download eBooks?

The best way is to use the Overdrive App.  For Android you can download it from the Playstore or from iOS from iTunes.  Sign into Bridges.  You will need your Burt Library Card number to sign in. 

Search for and select the title you'd like to download. 

As you hover over the cover a Borrow button will pop up.  Click it.

Once there you will be able to choose between viewing it in your browser or choosing which type of file to download.

Select your file choice.

You are always welcome to stop into the library if you need assistance.


Are old area newspapers available?

Yes,  they are available online at The Digital Archives of the Kossuth County Newspapers

We also have the Burt Monitor available on microfiche at the library.


How can I support my library? Do you only want cash donations?

Absolutely not.  There are many ways you can support us.  You can volunteer your time and talents.  Our Preschool Story Time is taught by a volunteer.  Volunteers can help with simple things like dusting shelves (a never ending job!) or by teaching workshops or helping with programs. We have things that need uploaded to the internet and scanning.  

Supporting fund raisers like bake sales is helpful and item donations are also greatly appreciated.  In fact, sometimes we may be searching for items that you have laying around and no longer use or need. 


What kind of stuff is going on at the library?

A lot!   Take a look at our full calendar of events.