Library Services Desk

The Library Services Desk 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 desk handles materials checkout, check-in, fines, and other services related to materials.   Library services desk includes course reserves, dual-enrolled textbooks, equipment check out including laptops, microforms, 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 desk 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. (This service is temporarily unavailable due to COVID)

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 members.

Checkout Item Limits

The following item checkout limits apply to these patron types:

Faculty and P & S- 100 items
Graduate Students-

75 items

Undergraduate Students- 50 items
Merit Staff- 25 items
Guests with library card- 10 items


Curbside Pickup

The library offers curbside pickup.  For more information see


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!.     


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 for two weeks until the end of the semester.
  • Bistro and Art/Music DVD/Video items, Albums, and CD's  may be renewed once for one week;
  • Laptops can be renewed only if other laptops are available
  • Bound Periodicals and items that have been requested by other patrons may not be renewed.

Courtesy Notices

All patrons will receive a courtesy notice reminder before the 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/DVD's 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.

Loan Periods and Fines

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

Visitor's Courtesy Card

Persons not associated with UNI may check out library materials by filling out a form at Library Services and obtaining a free Visitor's Courtesy Card, valid for one year.  This card allows visitors to check out up to 10 items at a time.  Applicants must provide a valid form of identification and a Social Security Number (in order to generate your UNI ID number).  A Visitor Card does not allow off-campus access to all library databases. The library does have a small selection of databases available to the general public.  The list can be found here:  Visitors will not have access to any Adobe products while in the building. Visitors under the age of 18 can only acquire a visitor's card if they bring a note from their high school media specialist or instructor indicating a need for the card, and the specific time period the card is needed.

Loan Periods for Visitors

Item Type Loan Period Renewal Fine Rate
Main Collection 3 week  One- 1 week .25/day
Oversize Books 3 week  One- 1 week .25/day
Career Collection 3 week  One- 1 week .25/day
Sound Recordings 3 week  One- 1 week .25/day
Government Documents 3 week  One- 1 week .25/day
Maps 3 week  One- 1 week .25/day
Bound Periodicals 1 day None $1.00/day
Current Issues of Periodicals Building Use Only Not Applicable $1.00/Hr
Microforms Building Use Only Not Applicable Not Applicable
Permanent Reserve Building Use Only Not Applicable $1.00/Hr
Youth 1 week Two- 7 day $.50/day
Interlibrary Loan Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable

Database Access for Graduate Students Not Enrolled in Classes

Graduate students who are working on a thesis but are not actually enrolled for classes must have their advisor send a letter or e-mail to office stating that the student is continuing to work on their degree and needs access to library services. A fee is charged for this service, but it will allow off-campus access to databases.

Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges

FastTRAC allows students, staff, and faculty from select academic institutions have reciprocal borrowing privileges; that is, anyone from these participating institutions may check out materials at other participating institutions, subject to the regulations of the lending institution. You will need to present your UNI ID at the time of check out.  For more information about this service, please visit our FastTRAC page.


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