Services for Visitors

Circulation Services

Visitors may, under some circumstances, be permitted to check materials out of the Libraries. Library cards can be applied for online, at Main Library Service Desk or any university library.  Renewals are possible and can be done online via My Account in InfoHawk+.  Check-out and other policies can be found on the Circulation Policies website and are based on specific borrowing privileges.  Eligible individuals can request a library card if they fall under one of these groups:

Visitors eligible for borrowing privileges similar to faculty:

  • Faculty from a Regents university, private college, or community college in Iowa (showing ID card)
  • Current and emeritus faculty from a Big Ten Academic Alliance library (authenticating online)
  • Staff at the UI Foundation (showing Staff ID)
  • Professional staff of the state and federal geological surveys, the archeological survey, and the State Historical Society whose offices are located in Iowa City (showing relevant identification)
  • Independent Scholars at the University of Iowa (showing a UI Independent Scholar card)
  • UI sponsored visiting faculty, visiting fellows, residents, research associates, adjunct faculty, UI fellows, and Saturday and Evening Class instructors (showing relevant identification, such as a letter, from the sponsoring department)
  • Technology Innovation Center (TIC) clients

Visitors eligible for borrowing privileges similar to graduate students:

  • UI sponsored visiting scholars, research associates, scholar affiliates, or other categories (showing relevant identification, such as a letter, from the sponsoring department)
  • Graduate students from a Big Ten Academic Alliance library (authenticating online)

Visitors eligible for borrowing privileges similar to undergraduate students:

  • Participants in UI workshops, institutes, special programs (showing relevant identification, such as a “Special Programs” card)

Visitors eligible for community borrower privileges:

  • Residents of Iowa (showing proof of residency)
  • Spouses and domestic partners of UI faculty, staff, and students (showing an ID card)Iowa Residents (showing proof of residency)
  • Staff at the VA Hospital (showing Staff ID or hospital badge)
  • Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries (showing membership card or receipt)
  • Graduate and undergraduate students from a Regents, private college, or community college in Iowa (showing ID card)
  • Undergraduate students from a Big Ten Academic Alliance library (authenticating online)
  • K-12 students in Iowa (showing a written request from a parent, teacher or other school official)

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Services

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery services are not available for visitors or community borrowers.  Your local public library offers this service and should be contacted for further information.

Overview

Computer Access

Guest ID’s to gain access to computers can be obtained by visiting the help desk of the Main Library Service Desk , Hardin Library’s Information Desk, or any university library.

To print from campus computers, a PrintKey can be purchased from Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library, EMRB Cafe or Pat’s Diner in the Pappajohn Business Building.

Off-campus access to library databases and resources is not available, due to licensing restrictions.  For further information, please see the Access to Commercial Databases policy and the Appropriate use of Electronic Resources policy.

Policies