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).
- 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.
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: https://library.uni.edu/services/borrowing/loan-periods-fines
Visitor's Courtesy Card
Persons not associated with UNI may check out library material by filling out a form at Library Services and obtaining a free Visitor's Courtesy Card, valid for one year. Applicants must provide a valid form of identification and Social Security Number (in order to generate your UNI ID number). A Visitor Card does not allow off campus access to library databases.
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|
|Browsing Books||3 week||One- 3 weeks||.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|
|Information File (Fine and Performing Arts Collection)||1 week||None||.25/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|
Special Recall Note for Visitor Checkouts
Should an item be requested for recall by another patron, visitors are required to return the item to Rod Library immediately.
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 Registrar@uni.edu 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
Students, staff, and faculty from the three Regents universities have reciprocal borrowing privileges; that is, anyone from UNI, Iowa State, or the University of Iowa may check out materials at the other two universities, subject to the regulations of the lending institution. You will need to present your UNI ID. The other regent institutions will issue you a library card. Iowa State does charge a minimal fee for this service.
Persons from Iowa or Iowa State wishing to borrow material from UNI's Rod Library need only present their school ID card and proof of current registration at Library Services. All library patrons must have a patron information record entered into OneSearch!.