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Lending Policies (for Libraries and other institutions)

Interlibrary Loan
Main Library
125 W. Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242

Monday – Friday:
9:00AM – 5:00PM
Phone: 319-335-5917
Fax: 319-335-5830

OCLC Symbol: NUI
SILO Symbol: OVUX522
NUC Symbol: IaU

Affiliations: CIC

Phone Requests:
Not Accepted

Other Interlibrary Loan Offices:
These University of Iowa Libraries maintain separate Interlibrary Loan offices:

Law Library
Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

The University of Iowa Main Library Interlibrary Loan Department provides loans and photocopies of materials located in the Main Library and the branch libraries for libraries and institutions. Individuals should contact their public, academic, or corporate library with which they are affiliated to make a request.

Acceptable Methods for Submission of Interlibrary Loan requests:
Requests may be sent by OCLC, SILO, or Online Request Form located at (please call 319-335-5917 or email at for username and password)


We lend items for 6 weeks, bound periodicals for 2 weeks with no renewal, videos for 2 weeks with no renewal. Renewals are available on a case by case basis.

Photocopies are provided if the article is less than 50 pages . Photocopies are sent via Odyssey, Article Exchange, PDF, mail, fax, or air mail.

Non-Circulating Items:
Current periodicals, Reference materials, music records are sent on a case by case basis.

Microfilm and Multi-Volume Sets:
Limit of 6 reels or volumes per request.

Dissertations and Theses:
Dissertations and theses are available for loan if a circulating copy is available . Post-1954 dissertations may be purchased from University Microfilms, Inc. (UMI) by calling 1-800-521-3042 or from the UMI Website. We will provide a photocopy only if not available through UMI and with author’s permission.

Government Documents:
Will lend if a circulating copy is available.

Serials and Videos:
Bound periodicals and videos are lent on a case by case basis.

Special Collections:
Fragile items, items published before 1800, and Roxburghe Club collection items do not circulate. Other items determined on a case by case basis.

RUSH Service:
Handled on a case by case basis. Items owned in a branch library may take an additional 24 hours for delivery.