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Borrowing from Rod Library is easy; as a student, faculty, staff, or even the general public, you have the ability to check out our holdings.   See how here!


To borrow material from the library, you must have a UNI identification card with your picture on the front and a magnetic stripe on the back. Present your ID and the material you wish to borrow to the Circulation Desk attendant who will scan your ID and then the barcode on each item being checked out.

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Confidentiality of Library Records

By law the library is prohibited from revealing the name of any person who has checked out, requested, or used library materials, except to the person him/herself.

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Course Reserves

The Circulation Desk includes course reserve services and opens for service at 7:00a.m. on the days the building opens at 7:00 a.m.

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Courtesy Notices

All patrons will receive a courtesy notice reminder before material is due via their UNI e-mail account unless otherwise specified*. Courtesy notices are not sent for material with a check out period of three days or less. You may phone (319) 273-2462 to renew or, as long as the material is not overdue, renew online at My Library Account.

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Extended Loans

Graduate students and faculty members have extended borrowing privileges on books from the stacks and government documents.  Details on these policies are available here.

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Holds, Recalls, and Searches

Can't find the book or material you need?  Need a "hold" on material that's checked out by someone else? Rod Library has a variety of tools to get you what you're looking for.

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Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan desk allows library users to obtain books from other sources.

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Loan Periods and Fines

Details on Rod Library's loan periods for students, faculty, and staff, as well as the applicable fines for various kinds of materials.

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Paging (Book Retrieval)

Library card holders can request that the Circulation Desk retrieve a book from the stacks, and hold it for you until your next visit to the library.

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Details on Rod Library's renewal policies and process to renew materials.

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You can now return UNI library material without coming into the library. There is a book drop located on the west side of Gilchrist. Simply place your UNI library material in the book drop, and we will collect it daily.

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Visitors and Reciprocal Borrowing

Persons not associated with UNI may check out library material by filling out a form at the Circulation Desk and obtaining a Visitors Card.  Students, staff, and faculty from the three Regents universities have reciprocal borrowing privileges.

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