Borrowing privileges for IWU students and faculty
Borrowing privileges for alumni, visiting scholars and community members
Number of items you can borrow
Renew borrowed materials
Access to other libraries
Laptops & Media Equipment Information
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
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.
|Material Type||Item||Students||Faculty & Staff||Community Card|
|Library Items||Audio (CDs & LPs)||1 week||16 weeks||1 week|
|Books||4 weeks||16 weeks||4 weeks|
|Microform||In building use only||In building use only||In building use only|
|Journals, bound & Newspapers||Overnight||5 days||In building use only|
|Reserve materials, traditional||2 hr, 4 hr, overnight||2 hr, 4 hr, overnight||N/A|
|Video (VHS, DVD, etc.)||1 week||4 weeks||1 week|
|Technology/Media||Camcorders (Flip, HardDisk & SD Card)||5 days||5 days||N/A|
|Digital Audio Recorders||5 days||5 days||N/A|
|Digital Cameras (Canon PowerShot)||5 days||5 days||N/A|
|Ethernet Cables||5 hours||5 hours||N/A|
|Headphones||5 hours||5 hours||N/A|
|Headset w/Microphone||5 days||5 days||NA|
|iPod Shuffle (1GB)||2 weeks||2 weeks||N/A|
|Kindle eReader||3 weeks||3 weeks||N/A|
|Laptops (MAC & PC)||5 days||2 weeks||N/A|
|LCD projectors||5 days||5 days||N/A|
|Screens, tripods||5 days||5 days||N/A|
|Additional Items||Padlocks for lockers||1 week||1 week||N/A|
|Tote Bags||1 week||1 week||N/A|
|Umbrella||1 week||1 week||N/A|
Loan periods for interlibrary loan materials are determined by the library which owns the item.
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.
Ames Catalog - Renew items owned by IWU or I-Share (Blue Due Date Slip)
ILLiad - Renew items with the Yellow Due Date Slip
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.
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 information on having items from other libraries delivered to The Ames Library for your use, please see Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
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.