Borrow & Renew Materials

Borrowing privileges for IWU students and faculty 
Borrowing privileges for individuals NOT affiliated with IWU
Loan periods
Number of items you can borrow
Lost books
Renew borrowed materials
Access to other libraries
Photocopying services
Laptops & Media Equipment Information
Poster Printing

For more information contact the Circulation Services Manager.

Telephone: (309) 556-3224 during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 4 pm)

Evenings and Weekends:  (309) 556-3053


Borrowing privileges for IWU students and faculty

Students, faculty, and staff are automatically granted library borrowing privileges.

The university identification card acts as your library card. Individuals should present this card to borrow items from The Ames Library. It may be necessary to activate the card the first time you use services at the library.

Circulating items, such as books and audio-visual materials, may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk. Items obtained via Interlibrary Loan are also checked out at this desk.

Laptops and media equipment may be borrowed at the Circulation Desk.

Community users should review the borrowing priviliges for individuals NOT affiliated with IWU

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Loan Periods

  Students Faculty & Staff Community Card
Audio (CDs & LPs) 1 week 16 weeks 1 week
Books, Government Documents, & Maps 4 weeks 16 weeks 4 weeks
Reference, Microform & Newspapers In building use only In building use only In building use only
Journals, bound Overnight 1 week In building use only
Reserve materials, traditional 2 hr, 4 hr, overnight 2 hr, 4 hr, overnight Not applicable
Video (VHS, DVD, etc.) 1 week 4 weeks 1 week
Laptops 5 hours; building use only 2 weeks Not applicable
Hard disk camcorders, Flip video camcorders 5 days 5 days Not applicable
Canon PowerShot digital cameras 5 days 5 days Not applicable
Handheld digital audio recorders,
audio cassette player/recorders
5 days 5 days Not applicable
iPod Shuffle (1GB) 2 weeks 2 weeks Not applicable
TV/DVD/VCR cart 5 hours 5 hours Not applicable
LCD projector/screens 5 days 5 days Not applicable
Ethernet cords, headphones 5 hours 5 hours Not applicable
Screens, tripods 5 days 5 days Not applicable

Loan periods for interlibrary loan materials are determined by the library which owns the item.

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Responsibility for Lost Books

If books are not returned within 30 days after the due date, the individual will be billed for the cost of the book, plus a $15.00 processing fee for each item.

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Renew Borrowed Materials

Ames Catalog - Renew items owned by IWU or I-Share (Blue Due Date Slip)

ILLiad - Renew items with the Yellow Due Date Slip

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Number of items allowed to be borrowed

IWU individuals are allowed to borrow as many items as are needed to complete a project.

Individuals are held financially responsible for all items borrowed on their library record.

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Access to Other Libraries

Members of the IWU community may visit and borrow from many (but not all) academic libraries in Illinois. Please view the listing of CARLI libraries to find out which libraries will honor a valid IWU ID card for borrowing privileges.

Loan periods may vary from those provided by The Ames Library.

For more information on this service, please stop by the Help@Ames Desk, send an email, or call 309-556-3350 or ask at the Circulation Desk (contact information above).

For information on having items from other libraries delivered to The Ames Library for your use, please see Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

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Photocopying Services

The Ames Library provides photocopiers on each level for your convenience.

Faculty or staff wanting to charge the cost of making copies to their departments must present their departmental banner account number at the Circulation desk before making copies.

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This service is maintained by The Ames Library. Please contact us with any problems or suggestions.
Last revised: October 4, 2013