The Ames Library

Borrow & Renew

Library Servies Desk
Library Services Desk

Contact Us:

Library Services/Circulation Desk: 309-556-3350
Library Services Desk Manager: 309-556-3172

Borrowing privileges for IWU students and faculty

Log-in to accounts online:

Other information

IWU Loan Periods:

Library Collections

Item Students Faculty & Staff
Audio (CDs & LPs) 1 week, 3 renewals 16 weeks, 3 renewals
Books 4 weeks, 3 renewals 16 weeks, 3 renewals
Journals, bound  & Newspapers 1 day, 3 renewals 1 week, 3 renewals
Microform Building use only Building use only
Popular Reading Collection 3 weeks, 2 renewals 3 weeks, 2 renewals
Reserve materials, traditional Building use only Building use only
Video (VHS, DVD, etc.) 1 week, 3 renewals 4 weeks, 3 renewals

Technology and Equipment
(Please note: no renewals on technology and equipment)

Item Students Faculty & Staff
Camcorders (Flip, HardDisk & SD Card) 5 days 5 days
Digital Audio Recorders 5 days 5 days
Digital Cameras (Canon PowerShot) 5 days 5 days
Ethernet Cables 5 hours 5 hours
Headphones 5 hours 5 hours
Headset w/Microphone 5 days 5 days
iPads N/A 2 weeks
Kindle eReader 3 weeks 3 weeks
Laptops (MAC & PC) 5 days 2 weeks
LCD projectors 5 days 5 days
Screens, tripods 5 days 5 days

Additional Items

Item Students Faculty & Staff
Bicycles 1 day 1 day
Padlocks for lockers 1 week 1 week
Tote Bags 1 week 1 week
Umbrella 1 week 1 week

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

Overdue IWU Materials

Lost IWU Items

Users who consistently abuse their borrowing privileges may face restrictions.


Standard circulation system charges for lost items are as follows:

Item Replacement Cost
Books $75.00
CD's $35.00
DVD/VHS $100.00
Journals and Continuations $50.00
Media Equipment $1,000.00
Microfilm $100.00
Scores $60.00


These standard circulation system charges may be higher or lower depending on the actual replacement cost. In some instances, with prior approval by a librarian, users may have the option to purchase a new, legally produced copy of the lost item. Contact the Library Services Desk manager before attempting to replace an item.

Questions about procedures can be directed to the Library Services Desk Manager (Katy Ritter, x3172.) Questions regarding these policies can be directed to the University Librarian (Karen Schmidt, x3834.)


I-Share Materials

The standardized CARLI borrowing policy is available here:

Students are allowed 3 renewals of I-Share materials, as long as the item is not recalled or lost. A student will be blocked from any further I-Share request, checkout, or renewal transactions when he/she reaches or exceeds any one of these blocking thresholds: