Ames Library FAQ
The FAQ below will be updated as needed, and updates will also be posted on our Twitter and Facebook pages.
Please note that our hours are updated online. Please refer to the information below about services and contacting library faculty
Updates on the university's response to the coronavirus, as well as answers to many
frequently-asked-questions for students and faculty and staff, are available on the university's coronavirus site. This site is being updated frequently, so please refer to the university resources
for the most up-to-date information about our campus plans.
What health & safety practices are being put into place in the library?
Continuing normal library operations (e.g., keeping the building open, purchasing
materials, digitizing media, and much more) depends on our library staff staying safe
In accordance with the August 26th IWU Update:
- Mask wearing is required indoor public areas for all students, faculty, and staff.
- Masks also must be worn outdoors when distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination
- Masks are available at the Library Services Desk for any user who needs one.
- Non-classroom areas are back to 6' social distancing; please comply with our signage
about capacity for study tables and study rooms.
- We also have a limited amount of cleaning supplies for users to clean their areas
before use. Please inquire at the Library Services Desk for masks or cleaning supplies.
Has the setup of the library changed because of social distancing?
Yes, very much so. The library looks and feels much different, which may be disconcerting.
Please know we made these changes with health and safety in mind. Physical Plant has
installed plexiglass barriers at our main service points, and library seating has
been decreased to promote social distancing. We ask that users not move the remaining
seats to protect the socially distanced seating plan we have established. This extends
to all library spaces - open areas, study rooms, the Information Commons, the Instruction
Lab (capacity 27, including the instructor), and Beckman Auditorium (capacity 34,
including the instructor). Group study rooms will be limited to 2-4 users and are reservable online
. We will be posting signage about room capacity in each space.
What are the fall semester hours for the library?
Hours for fall semster are:
- Monday - Thursday: 7:45 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.
- Friday: 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
How do local students from CARLI institutions pick up materials requested via I-Share?
During the regular semester, students living in the area who attend other CARLI institutions
can pick up items requested during regular library hours. IWU students living near
an open CARLI library can also request items to pick up at their local institution.
This agreement is across the CARLI consortium. Please consult our hours page
for updated information before visiting campus.
Are the Writing Center, the Thorpe Center, and the Help Desk open?
The Writing Center
is open for in-person and online appointments; students can book appointments with
Writing Center tutors online via WConline
Faculty members preparing their courses for online delivery may schedule appointments
to make use of resources available in the Thorpe Center, including the One-Button Studio
, Light Board Studio
, and Podcast Studio
Requests for technology assistance, both general (e.g., password re-set) and specific
to online learning (Moodle Courses) can be submitted through the ITS Help Desk
Please visit the ITS home page
for updated information on virtual help and consultation sessions being provided
by ITS staff and faculty colleagues.
Will library faculty be available to help students with research and information requests?
Yes, library faculty will be available by appointment during the fall semster. Please
contact your library liaison with any questions or to set up an appointment.
Faculty, please email your library liaison for assistance with setting up instruction and/or book purchasing for the fall semester.
Can faculty request information literacy instruction for their class?
Yes, we encourage faculty to contact their library liaison so students learn how to
access the rich collection of resources we offer. Library liaisons are happy to visit
your classrooms in person or online. Please contact your liaison
to plan ahead.
Are food and drink allowed in the library?
, we encourage users to use our patio for food and drink. In the case of inclement
weather, we will require users to use study tables for food and drink. Eating/drinking
at the computers in the Information Commons and Instruction Lab means additional cleaning,
which leads to additional wear and tear to keyboards and mice, as well as requiring
additional staff time to clean and repair. In accordance with campus policy
, food and drink are not allowed in our classroom spaces (Beckman Auditorium and the
Instruction Lab/Ames 129).
Can faculty request print or electronic reserves for their classes?
Both print and electronic reserves will be offered for the fall 2021 semester. Please
see our reserves page for more information.
If you need assistance with identifying electronic course materials, please contact your liaison. We strongly recommend using our rich collection of ebooks and/or streaming video
collections (see below), requesting scanning of print chapters or sections of books
in our collection, or exploring the many Open Educational Resources now available.
Please note there may be some materials we are unable to procure as electronic reserves,
such as textbooks. For background on this issue, please see statements from the University of Guelph and Grand Valley State University.
How can I find ebooks in the Ames Library catalog?
Ebooks can be found through the Ames Catalog and can be linked from your Moodle course
to share with students. We continue our on demand purchase program through JSTOR,
and can also purchase ebooks from other publishers; please contact your liaison
if you have a specific title/titles to request.
For instructions on how to find and access ebooks, please see our quick guide.
If you have any questions about finding and accessing ebooks, please contact your liaison
. We also have access to many digital archives that can be integrated into your courses
or into student projects. Please visit our Curated Digital Resources Guide for more information.
What are my options for streaming video?
We have also invested significant resources into streaming video collections (Kanopy, Alexander Street Press, Academic Video Online, Films on Demand). Please use the "Everything at Ames" search to locate streaming videos in our collection, or contact your liaison for
assistance. (To request a film from Swank or Kanopy, please see the instructions on
the streaming video collection webpage.)
It is also possible for us to digitize some materials for the students enrolled in
your course. Please contact your liaison librarian with a list of the titles you need
for your course and the dates you plan to use each title in your classroom, and we
will work to find a legal source of access. Please know that digitization takes time and we need this information as soon as possible
to ensure we have the staff time to do this work. It is increasingly difficult for
us to honor last-minute requests; early communication about your needs is greatly
Can I borrow materials from the Ames Library? What about I-Share?
Yes, we are lending materials, and I-Share borrowing and lending is now available
at many CARLI institutions throughout the State of Illinois. Please use the I-Share catalog to request materials. Your request may take longer than expected due to staffing
changes and delivery delays.
If you have items to return, please do not return any library materials to the external
drop boxes on Ames Plaza, as these are locked. Library materials may be returned to
the drop box located inside the library entrance. Please do not leave library materials
outside a drop box or on the Ames Library loading dock.
We will continue to process requests for interlibrary loan. ILL requests should be submitted through ILLiad, and are subject to the availability of materials and services from our partner libraries.
For information on how to submit a request through ILLiad, please visit our ILL guide.
Can I request library materials for purchase?
If you need to place a request for the library to order materials for course use,
please contact your liaison librarian
Who do I contact with questions?
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stephanie Davis-Kahl, University
Librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This listing of library services will be updated as needed.