The Iowa State University Parks Library is a member of

  • Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) consortium
  • Rapid
  • IDS Project

and a signatory to the Iowa Interlibrary Loan Reimbursement program.

Requests are accepted via

  • OCLC
  • Rapid
  • SILO
  • our ILLiad web portal


Interlibrary Loan Department

204 Parks Library

701 Morrill Road

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011-2140

Phone: (515) 294-2345


Types of requests


  • 1-200 pages: $12.00 for non-reciprocal requests.
  • 200+ pages: please submit as loans. Copy requests above 200 pages will be denied.


  • $12.00 for non-reciprocal requests.
  • $50.00 outside the U.S. and Canada.
  • Loan period: 16 weeks. One four-week renewal is allowed for most materials.

Turnaround Time & Delivery Methods

OCLC requests are normally updated within 24 hours of receipt, sent via Odyssey within 48 hours, or shipped within 72 hours.

Non-OCLC requests are generally processed and shipped within one week. Please wait one week before requesting a status check.


Odyssey or Article Exchange. First Class mail if IP or email address not provided.


USPS Library Rate for libraries without a reciprocal agreement. Loans shipped via FedEx will be charged a $10.00 surcharge plus shipping costs. If FedEx service level is not specified, we will send by Standard Overnight.

Loans outside the U.S. and Canada will be sent by Airborne and must be returned by a commercial shipper.

Rush Requests

Rush requests must include one of the following terms: Rush, Priority, Urgent, or a specific day and time needed. Such requests will be accepted with a lead time of at least two hours. Requests that need same day processing must be received by 12:00 noon Central Standard Time. Rush requests to non-reciprocal libraries will be billed an additional $10.00 rush fee.

International Loan Requests

Materials loaned to libraries outside the U.S. and Canada will be shipped by Airborne and must be returned by a commercial shipper. Cost of loans outside the U.S. and Canada is U.S. $50.00 and may be paid via OCLC IFM, IFLA coupon, invoice (OCLC requests only), credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA), or prepayment.


Non-reciprocal requests that are billed may be paid for with OCLC IFM. Libraries using OCLC and not using IFM will be issued an invoice. Payment by credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA) and prepayment may also be arranged. International libraries may also pay by IFLA coupon.

Invoiced requests will receive a statement listing patron, request number and charges. All subsequent monthly statements list outstanding charges, but provide no other information. Outstanding balances within 30 days of the monthly accounts receivable statement date are assessed a finance charge, computed at a periodic rate of 1% per month on the balance computed from the statement date (annual percentage rate of 12%).

Libraries that do not pay ILL charges within six months of invoicing will be blocked. Please contact the Lending department if additional time is required to pay an invoice.

Loan Policies

Books and Periodicals/Serials

All circulating books and bound periodicals/serials will be considered for loan. Reference items loan only to reciprocal partners and for a period of three weeks.


The circulating copy of theses and dissertations are loanable in North America only. Many Iowa State theses and dissertations are currently available online through our Digital Repository.

Audiovisual Material

DVDs and music CDs circulate within North America for a loan period of three weeks with no renewal.


Microform material circulates within North America with the following limitations:

  • Reel limit of ten
  • Serials microforms from the last five years are generally non-circulating
  • Most ERIC documents will be copied; lengthy ERIC documents will be loaned
  • Materials in active use and certain rare titles are non-circulating

Government Documents

Government documents circulate, and Parks Library is a selective U.S. Depository with materials from 1907 onwards. U.S. Serial Set and Census materials are non-circulating.

Non-Circulating Materials

  • Special Collections (copy requests may be filled on a case-by-case basis)
  • Course Reserve
  • Unbound periodicals/serials
  • Newspapers (see Microforms above)
  • U.S. Serial Set and Census materials