Modified Services

Information about Course Reserves

The University Library's Course Reserves service works with instructors to make available required course materials for current classes. All services are requested and provided through Canvas.

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Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Document Delivery

We are able to order physical items!

Please be aware that ILL service will take longer than usual due to COVID closures and/or reduced staff at other libraries, as well as the 3-day quarantine for items received at the library. We estimate it will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 month for loans; articles may take anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days.

If you have received a notice that an ILL item has arrived and you wish to have it mailed to you, email

Request from Interlibrary Loan

For instructions on how to make a request, FAQs and more, click here.

Borrowing Library Materials

Checkout periods have changed: Undergraduate students and merit staff can check out items for 12 weeks. Graduate students, faculty, and P&S staff have until the end of the current academic year (May 7, 2021), to return items. Items in the Reference collection will still check out for one week only.

Request library items by following our step-by-step instructions here.

Requested items may be picked up at Parks Library, the Design Reading Room, the Vet Med Library, or sent to your doorstep at no cost to you via the US Postal Service through the Library Material Delivery service. For more information about the Library Material Delivery service, check out our Interim Services page.

No requests can be placed by patrons on items currently checked out (these requests are also known as recalls). Recalls will still occur if items are needed by the library to fulfill instructor Course Reserve requests.  This is to minimize COVID surface transfer to protect patrons and library staff, and to assist patrons who cannot make it to campus due to COVID exposure or health concerns. ISU students, faculty, and staff can request items through Interlibrary Loan or search Hathi Trust or the Internet Archive to find scanned copies, if available.

Special Collections and University Archives

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) revised some of its policies and rearranged furniture to protect researchers, staff, and collections. SCUA will be open by appointment only between 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m., Monday through Thursday. A 24-hour (one business day) notice for appointment requests is required. For how-tos and help with accessing materials online, visit How to use Online Resource for Special Collections and University Archives at Iowa State University.

  • Allow three business days for SCUA to bring materials from off-site storage to the Reading Room.
  • Reading Room occupancy is reduced to one researcher per table.  ISU's policy regarding face coverings and social distancing is enforced.
  • Collection materials will be briefly quarantined after use.
  • We will be open for instruction sessions, though depending on class size, we may opt for remote sessions or hybrid of remote and in-person visits.
  • No walk-in researchers.
  • Registration through Aeon is required for all users (including people coming up to scan textbooks that are kept in our collection).
  • Students can still visit and access textbooks, but appointments and registration are required.
  • We are not allowing outside materials or patrons not using our collections to use the KIC scanner in the Reading Room.
  • The space will be limited to Reading Room/SCUA materials only.


The University Library has suspended tours of Parks Library, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Design Reading Room until further notice. For questions, please email Nacuya Rucker, University Library External Relations Director, at