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IA Shares Delivery

IA Shares is a delivery service program from the State Library to provide a method of sending and receiving library materials between public libraries and the State Library at no charge to individual libraries. The service provides twice weekly deliveries to every public library in Iowa.

IA Shares Additional Delivery Day Begins in August

Beginning the week of August 2nd, 2021, libraries can expect an additional delivery day two business days after their current delivery day at the same time as their current delivery.

Refer to the below chart for the new additional delivery day. The additional delivery will occur at the same time as the current delivery for each library.

 Current Delivery Day   Additional Delivery Day 
 Monday  Wednesday
 Tuesday  Thursday
 Wednesday  Friday
 Thursday  Monday
 Friday   Tuesday

 

 

 

 

 

Libraries that will be closed during the additional delivery time and have not made arrangements for drivers to access the building or materials after hours should contact Tom Keyser at 515-242-6542 or Tom.Keyser@iowa.gov to discuss options.


About the Service

The State Library has contracted with STAT Courier to offer this service to public libraries. MOBIUS provides management services and technical support for IA Shares in partnership with STAT Courier. With a system of hubs and routes, IA Shares will facilitate quick and efficient delivery of library materials. Each route begins at the hub in the morning, where items out for delivery are picked up. The driver makes the stops along the route, dropping off a tote of materials for each library, and picking up another tote of items to be sent to other public libraries or the State Library.

The driver returns to the hub at the end of the route where the items are sorted and then transported between hubs each night. The process repeats each weekday for that day's designated routes. Each route serves between 15 and 25 libraries, and there are about 35 routes needed to accommodate all of Iowa's 543 public libraries. The seven hubs include:

  • Avoca
  • Sioux Rapids
  • Des Moines
  • Iowa City
  • Ames
  • Mason City
  • Waterloo
  • Davenport

Sending Materials

To send materials, libraries must use the online MOBIUS Label Maker to select the receiving library and then print out labels (up to 4 on a letter-size piece of paper). The label slips are then inserted into the clear window on an official IA Shares delivery bag, with the item (or items) inserted into the bag and zipped closed. The bags should then be placed in the IA Shares tote and are ready to be picked up at the next scheduled delivery date and time.

Read more about IA Shares:

IA Shares FAQ and Delivery Guidelines


IAimls_logo_2c.jpg Shares is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa.