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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 https://library.uni.edu/services/borrowing/curbside-pickup-service


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: https://library.uni.edu/services/borrowing/loan-periods-fines

Borrowing Information for Visitors

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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