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 email@example.com).
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.
|Borrower Type||General Loan Period||Reference Loan Period||Course Reserves Loan Period||Borrowing Limit||Remote Database Access||Renewal Limit|
|Undergraduate (ISU Card)||12-weeks*||1-week||3-hours||100||Yes||3 years|
Honors (ISU Card)
Undergraduate 500 (ISU Card)
|End of Spring Semester*||1-week||3-hours||100||Yes||3 years|
Faculty (ISU Card)
Graduate (ISU Card)
Post Doc (ISU Card)
P&S (ISU Card)
Emeritus Faculty (ISU Card)
Affiliates (ISU Card) - Visiting Faculty/Scholar, USDA, ISU Research Park, ISU Foundation, ISU Center)
|End of Spring Semester*||1-week||3-hours||500||Yes||3 years|
|Merit Staff (ISU Card)||12-weeks*||1-week||3-hours||500||Yes||3 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)
|TRAC (Current ID from a TRAC institution)||12-weeks*||1-week||3-hours||25||No||No 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