Skip to content

Ask Us!   |   My Account   |   Library Site IndexLibrary Site Index: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Iowa State University

Hours: Today, Parks Library 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Off-Campus Access | Floor & Tier Maps

Who may borrow?

The buildings of Iowa State University Library are open to the public, and all general collections (print and electronic) may be used freely on-site. Patrons wishing to borrow material from the Library, however, must present either the ISUCard (the standard University ID) or an ISU Library Visitor Card.

ISU students obtain the ISUCard as part of their registration process. Faculty, professional and scientific (P&S) staff, and merit employees obtain this card through the administrative offices of their departments or colleges. Other individuals affiliated with ISU are also eligible to obtain this card. For additional information, contact the ISUCard Office at 515 294-2727.

Others (as shown below) may apply for an ISU Library Visitor Card, which entitles them to borrowing privileges. Extramural borrowers are residents of the state of Iowa who do not belong to any of the preceding categories. Applicants in this category should have identifiable research needs that cannot be filled by a local library, by using the ISU collection on-site, or by interlibrary loan. All applicants for the Library Visitor Card should bring a valid form of identification with photo (e.g., driver's license, Non-Driver ID Card, etc.), in person, to the Circulation Desk, 102 Parks Library.

The information below summarizes charges (if any) for the ID card itself, the replacement of a lost card, and the annual fee for maintaining an online patron record. Eligibility and charges are based on university policies. Some user categories have remote access to the Library's licensed commercial databases; others do not (based on license restrictions). For additional information, contact the Circulation Desk, 102 Parks Library (515 294-3961), email circdesk@iastate.edu.

For more detailed information regarding loan periods, overdue fines, lost item charges, etc., see the complete ISU Library Lending Policy

Users eligible to obtain the University's ISUCard

ISU student (currently enrolled)

First card: $0; Lost card: $25; Annual fee: $0;
Remote database access: Yes

ISU faculty/staff/post-doc (currently on payroll or retired)

First card: $0; Lost card: One free each fiscal year; Annual fee: $0;
Remote database access: Yes

Visiting faculty/scholars (affiliated with an ISU dept./office)

First card: $15; Lost card: $25; Annual fee: $15;
Remote database access: Yes

Affiliated staff & departmental collaborators (not on ISU payroll)

First card: $15; Lost card: $25; Annual fee: $15;
Remote database access: Yes

Spouse or dependent (18 or older) of currently enrolled ISU student,
or of currently employed ISU faculty/staff, or of retired ISU faculty/staff

First card: $15; Lost card: $25; Annual fee: $15;
Remote database access: No

Users eligible to obtain ISU Library Visitor Card

ISU alumni or member of the ISU Alumni Association; member of the ISU Library Friends Association; U. of Iowa or U. of Northern Iowa student/faculty

First card: $5; Lost card: $20; Annual fee: $0;
Remote database access: No

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

First card: $5; Lost card: $20; Annual fee: $0;
Remote database access: No

Extramural borrower (no ISU affiliation)

First card: $20; Lost card: $20; Annual fee: $20;
Remote database access: No

Borrowing from the ISU Library

Iowa State University

University Library, Ames, Iowa 50011, Email Webmaster
Copyright © 2000-2014, Iowa State University of Science and Technology. All rights reserved.

Federal Depository Library ProgramFacebook