Who May Borrow?

Iowa State University Libraries are open to the public and all collections (print and electronic) may be used freely on-site. Patrons wishing to borrow physical items from the library, however, must have a valid ISUCard, ISU Library Visitor Card, or a valid official ID from a participating TRAC (Two Rivers Alma Collaborative) institution.

ISU Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates, Retirees, and Spouses obtain an ISUCard from the ISUCard Office in 0530 Beardshear Hall (515-294-2727). While Alumni and Visitors obtain their card by coming to the Main Desk at 102 Parks Library and filling out an application (515-294-3961, email circdesk@iastate.edu).

ISU Distance Learning students might not receive a physical ISUCard but do receive credentials required for remote access to library resources.

Any fees associated with obtaining/replacing specific cards are detailed in the table below along with the basic privileges associated with each borrower category, including remote access to online databases.

Users eligible to obtain the University's ISUCard

Borrower TypeGeneral Loan PeriodReference Loan PeriodCourse Reserves Loan PeriodBorrowing LimitRemote Database AccessRenewal Limit
Undergraduate (ISU Card)12-weeks*1-week3-hours100Yes3 years

Honors (ISU Card)

Undergraduate 500 (ISU Card)

End of Spring Semester*1-week3-hours100Yes3 years

Faculty (ISU Card)

Graduate (ISU Card)

Post Doc (ISU Card)

P&S (ISU Card)

Visiting Faculty/Scholar (ISU Card)

Emeritus Faculty (ISU Card)

End of Spring Semester*1-week3-hours500Yes3 years
Affiliates (ISU Card) - USDA, ISU Research Park, ISU Foundation, ISU CenterEnd of Spring Semester*1-week3-hours500No3 years
Merit Staff (ISU Card)12-weeks*1-week3-hours500Yes3 years

Alumni (One-time $5 fee, $20 replacement fee)

Visitor (Annual $20 fee, $20 replacement fee)

Spouse ($15 annual fee, issued by the ISU Card Office)

Retiree (ISU Card)

12-weeks*1-week3-hours25No3 years
TRAC (Current ID from a TRAC institution)12-weeks*1-week3-hours25NoNo Renewals

*Note: All items are subject to Recall. When an item is recalled, the current borrower receives a notice with a new, shorter, due date. Recalls are used to share Library material in a fair and equitable manner to all of our patrons.

View the full ISU Lending Policy document

Updated 7-22-2022