The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections whether these are paper-based texts, photographs, films, sound recordings, computer disks, or are "fixed" in other media. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials.
Readers should be aware that their use of materials they are permitted to access may be governed by the United States copyright law that took effect on January 1, 1978, and as since amended. This law reserves certain monopoly rights to the creators of intellectual property but permits limited "fair use" of that property in some circumstances, including for the kinds of purposes typical of scholarship and library research. The University of Iowa Libraries urges scholars and researchers to understand and exercise fully their "fair use" rights, as well as to understand their possible liability under the law should they publish or reproduce copyrighted material. The Libraries' statement on copyright may be useful in this regard.
The University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives requires one work week to prepare your items for reproduction. Once prepared, your materials will be added to a queue of requests, and therefore the time to complete your request will vary based on our current workload.
The University of Iowa Special Collections and University Archives provides a maximum of 600 dpi resolution for scanning materials, and we will determine if the available equipment is appropriate for your request. We reserve the right to decline reproduction of some oversize or very fragile materials.
The University of Iowa Libraries requires the following information for the purpose of processing your request to use unpublished and other materials in its manuscript and archive collections. No persons outside the University are routinely provided the information you supply.
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Please identify the material you wish to access. This may be an entire collection or collections, a few documents, or even a single item that you have identified in our finding aids. The more specific you can be the better we can assist you.
Please select from the options below to order scans or photocopies from our collections. Delivery options and associated fees will appear once the number range of scans is selected. Do not send us payment directly. Once we have made copies and sent them to you, we notify the Libraries' business office, which will bill you through the University Finance Office. Invoices are usually mailed within three weeks and will contain payment instructions.
In addition, be sure to read our statements on copyright and use fees, which may apply to your order. We limit the number of scans or photocopies per patron to 150. Although we will do everything we can to accommodate your needs, we reserve the right to decline reproduction of some oversize or very fragile materials. For additional information, please refer to our FAQ.