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Course Reserves

Check out and return books on course reserves and request books to be placed on course reserve. See ICON for electronic library reserves.

Office Delivery

Library users may request that materials owned by one University of Iowa Library be sent and held for pickup at another University of Iowa Library or delivered to an office on the UI campus through campus mail.


Check out, return and renew books.

Borrowing From Another Library & Document Delivery

Request materials not owned by the UI Libraries and request PDFs of articles of print journals held at the UI Libraries.


Search over 90 million books from the collections of 13 research libraries, request, and receive within a week.

Research Consultations

Contact a librarian for assistance with research on a specific project or thesis, or just general help to get started with your research.

Instructional Services

Research and instruction librarians are committed to a collaborative program that complements classroom instruction and responds to the informational needs of students. We work with faculty to promote the development of their students’ critical thinking and research skills.

Distance Education

Services and tips for more efficiently using the library when you are away from Iowa City.

Ask a Librarian

Contact a campus librarian through chat, online form, personal desk assistance, appointment, telephone, or e-mail for information, research or instructional help.

Laptop Computers and Wireless Network Areas

Check out, return, and renew lap-top computers.

Thesis Binding

The Preservation Department binds personal copies of theses or dissertations for University of Iowa graduates.

Research and Library Instruction

Main Library RLI promotes the development of critical thinking and research skills, and supports research, teaching, and learning through our services and unique collections.

Cultural Center Liaisons

Contact one of the Cultural Center Librarians  for help with any of your library-related questions or needs.

Scholarly Publishing and Copyright Services

Learn about the changing scholarly publishing system and how you can participate in making your scholarship more freely available while retaining your copyrights.

Iowa Research Online

University of Iowa faculty, researchers, and students can contribute to this dynamic archive, from published articles in peer-reviewed journals to presentations, theses, dissertations, and unpublished papers.

Journal Hosting Services

Journals published by the University of Iowa can be managed and hosted through the Iowa Research Online repository.



Most library services are available on-site

Graduate and Professional Students

Help with classes & teaching, research, publishing and more.

Independent Scholars

Independent Scholars are researchers not associated with the University of Iowa who will be here for an extended period of time and are sponsored by faculty or DEOs

Library Users with Disabilities

It is the mission of the University of Iowa Libraries to provide equal means to research for everyone who visits the libraries

Retired UI Faculty and Staff

Retired and emeritus UI faculty and staff are eligible for most library services

Students enrolled in a UI Distance Education Course

Reference assistance and consultation services as well as document delivery are available to students enrolled in distance education courses at the University of Iowa

UI Faculty and Staff at Oakdale Campus

Library delivery services are available for faculty and staff located at The University of Iowa Research Park, Oakdale campus

UI Post-Comp Candidates

Certain library services are available to post-comp (post-comprehensive examination) doctoral candidates enrolled in 000:002 Doctoral Continuous Registration


Library cards and on-campus computer use only are provided to visitors at any of the libraries