Services for UNI Faculty


The library has a variety of technology and services to increase access for users with disabilities.

Authorized Borrowers:

Fill out the linked form to authorize others (e.g. a student assistant) to check out materials and request photocopies in your name.

Circulation Policies:

Faculty members may check out most library books until the end of the academic year or until the book is requested. Faculty fine rates are available on our website.

Collection Strategist Librarians:

A list of Collection Strategist Librarians responsible for library collections.


As experts in scholarly communication, Liaison Librarians can consider questions about your own publishing rights or the status of works you wish to use.

Distance Users:

The library provides support for online classes including resources available at a distance, eLearning access to materials and services, and library instruction sessions.


Librarians join your class to teach assignment-specific research strategies/tools & other information concepts (e.g. information cycle, source evaluation, free vs. fee-based sources).

Interlibrary Loan

allows faculty, staff, and students to borrow materials from thousands of other libraries if we do not have them here at UNI.

Learning Commons:

A social space equipped with 21st-century tools, technology, and services that support students’ academic pursuits to connect, create, innovate, and succeed. The Learning Commons includes collaborative workspaces and our Makerspace.

Library Collections:

Library resources include books, journals, newspapers, media, and databases. Many e-resources can be accessed off-campus using a CATID, and all resources are identifiable through the Library’s discovery system, OneSearch.

Open Textbooks:

UNI is part of the Open Textbook Network (OTN), which hosts the Open Textbook Library of peer-reviewed textbooks for faculty to freely use in classes.

Reciprocal Borrowing:

Anyone from UNI may check out materials at Iowa, Iowa State, Drake, Wartburg, Hawkeye Community College, Grandview University and St. Ambrose University. You will need to present your UNI ID at checkout.

Reference Services:

Library staff offers individualized support via online chat, email, or in-person consultation.

Research Consultations:

Any library user can schedule one-on-one research support with a librarian. Requiring consultations as part of a course requires approval from your Liaison Librarian.

Reservable Spaces:

Available for classwork sessions, departmental meetings, seminars, and conferences. For details, see


Faculty can place physical or electronic items on reserves for their students.  See Course Reserves Faculty Information for details.

Recommend a Purchase: 

To recommend resources to be purchased or licensed, use this form. To discuss collection development in a particular subject area, contact your Collection Strategist Librarian.


UNI’s institutional repository preserves and provides global access to UNI faculty, staff, and student scholarly and creative output (e.g. faculty publications, student works, newsletters, and conference proceedings).

Specialized Collections:

Our specialized collections include the Career Collection, the Fine & Performing Arts Collection, Government Documents & Maps, Special Collections & University Archives, and the Youth Collection.

Subject Guides:

Librarians create custom webpages to support research. These can be broad in focus or course-specific. A list of guides is available at

Syllabus & eLearning Services:

Within eLearning, faculty can provide direct library links such as e-reserves, links to databases, and links to articles.

Syllabus & Research Assignment Consultation:

Librarians help develop your syllabus/research assignments so that they follow best practices to help students develop research skills and to make sure they are supported by available resources. Contact your Liaison Librarian.

UNI Museum:

The Museum has collections in anthropology, biology, geology, and history. It also has extensive holdings related to rural education and maintains a one-room school. Its resources are available to faculty, students, and the public. Class sessions may be arranged.


The library provides access to Ambrose Digital and Naxos Music Library/Naxos Music Library Jazz. If you would like to have other content streamed or have questions about public performance rights, please contact Jeanne Little in Resource Management.

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