Library Services Desk

The Library Services is open all hours that Rod Library is open - checkout services end ten minutes prior to library closing.  Call (319) 273-2838 for more information.

The library services handles materials checkout, check-in, fines, and other services related to materials.   Library services now include course reserves, dual enrolled textbooks, equipment check out including laptops, microforms, and photocopy services (although microforms are located on the first floor), reference services including chat, and instruction room reservations.


To borrow material from the library, you must have a UNI identification card with your picture on the front and a magnetic stripe on the back. Present your ID and the material you wish to borrow to Library Services and an attendant who will scan your ID and then the barcode on each item being checked out.

However, another option, which is completely voluntary, is to register your fingerprint at the Department of Residence or at the Library Services desk. The library has bioscan equipment that can identify you by reading your fingerprint, so if you don't have your ID, we can scan your fingerprint and check books out to you that way. 

Faculty members may authorize others to check out material in the faculty member's name. The faculty member must fill out an authorization form. The patron who is checking out material must present his/her own UNI ID, not the faculty member's.


You can now return UNI library material without coming into the library. There is a book drop located on the west side of Gilchrist. Simply place your UNI library material in the book drop, and we will collect it daily.


You may renew books by phone (273-2838), mail, in person, or through OneSearch!.     

Art and Music material may be renewed by phone by calling either the Fine and Performing Arts Collection (273-6252) or Library Services (273-2838).

Renewal restrictions:

  • Books from the stacks and from government documents may be renewed for three weeks at a time through the end of the current semester;
  • Career books may be renewed once for one week;
  • Youth books may be renewed twice for a total check out of  21 days.
  • Browsing books may be renewed once for three weeks
  • MSC and Art/Music DVD/Video items, Albums, CD's and Cassette tapes may be renewed once for one week;
  • Study Room keys may be renewed once, for one hour (only if other rooms are available);
  • Bound Periodicals, lockers, graduate study carrels, information file material from the Fine and Performing Arts Collection, and items that have been requested by other patrons may not be renewed.

Courtesy Notices

All patrons will receive a courtesy notice reminder before material is due via their UNI e-mail account unless otherwise specified*.  You may phone (319) 273-2838 to renew or, as long as the material is not overdue, renew via My Account.

Recalled items, items that have reached their renewal limit, and periodicals may not be renewed. Videos booked by another patron may not be renewed. Interlibrary loan material may not be renewed online. Please call (319) 273-2912 for information about the Interlibrary Loan Renewal policy.

Failure to receive a courtesy notice will not prevent billing if an item becomes overdue.

*If you would prefer to use an e-mail account other than your UNI e-mail account you can enter your preferred e-mail address in the patron information section of My Library Account. This will change the correspondence you receive from Rod Library only and does not include communication from other campus units. To change correspondence for all University e-mail you may modify your forwarding address by entering the settings of your UNI email and go to the forwarding tab.

Loan Periods and Fines

For more information about Loan Periods and fines, please see:


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