UI Libraries and Coronavirus: Returning materials

Before returning library items, please observe the following safe-handling practices:

  • Do not clean, disinfect, or microwave library materials before returning them. For example, do not use water, Lysol, or any other cleaner on materials.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling library materials for return.

Please note: to ensure staff and user safety, we are quarantining all library materials upon return. This will result in items taking longer than usual to show as returned on your account. If you have any questions, please contact lib-maincirc@uiowa.edu.

If you are in the Iowa City area, please return books (including interlibrary loan) at the Main Library drop box (125 W. Washington Street, return slots available at both the south and north entrances), the Hardin Library drop box (600 Newton Road, next to the entrance that faces University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics).

If you have tools or electronic equipment, you should schedule a drop off (see list of libraries below) or ship the materials (see shipping addresses below) to ensure the security and safety of the items.

  • Art Library: Please use the library drop box.
  • Business Library: Please use the drop box for books and DVDs. Please return non-book items to the service desk or schedule a time by emailing lib-bus@uiowa.edu
  • Engineering Library: Please use the drop box for books and DVDs. Please return non-book items to the service desk.
  • Hardin Library: Please use the drop box for books and DVDs. Please return non-book items to the service desk.
  • Main Library: Please use the drop box for books and DVDs. Please return non-book items to the service desk.
  • Music Library: Please use the hallway book drop on the first floor of the Voxman Music Building.
  • Sciences Library: Please return items to the service desk.

If you are away from the Iowa City area, you can return books (including interlibrary loan) by checking the UI Libraries’ book return map for drop-off locations in the state and region.

If you don’t see a drop-off location near you, or if you live further than 30 miles from Iowa City, you can request a UPS shipping label to return books.

If you are printing your own label to ship via UPS or FedEx, use this address:

University of Iowa Libraries
Interlibrary Loan Dept.
125 W. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA  52242-1420

If you are printing your own label to ship via the U.S. Postal Service, use this address:

University of Iowa Libraries
Interlibrary Loan Dept.
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA  52242-1420