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Borrowing Materials & Library Use Policies

For Students

Checkout periods for students

Books: 1 semester, or until recalled by another user

Reserve items: Materials placed on reserve by faculty may be used in the library, for up to 4 hours

Magazines and journals: Issues may be checked out for 7 days.

Graphing calculators: 1 semester. You will be asked to fill out the graphing calculator agreement form when you check one out.

Laptops: Laptops may be checked out for up to 48 hours, with a waiting period of 7 days between checkouts. Subject to availability. Please fill out laptop agreement.

Hotspots: A limited number of hotspots are available for semester-long checkout to current Kirkwood students. Contact the library to find out if any are available. If no hotspots are available, you may place a hold in our catalog. Scroll down to the "Place Hold" button, click on it, and fill out the form. Before checking out a hotspot, you will need to complete a Hotspot Checkout Agreement Form.

Reference and Special Collections: for use in library only.

Other items available for use in the Library 

Technology items 

  • Headphones 
  • USB flash drives
  • Phone chargers (as available)

Miscellaneous other resources

Renewing Materials

Request delivery or place a hold

  • Request library materials to be delivered to your campus or center by locating the item in the online catalog and clicking "Place Hold". Directions on the Center Delivery page.
  • Request library materials that are checked out to another user be placed on hold by following the same directions on the Center Delivery page. Your request will prevent the current borrower from renewing the item, and you will be notified when the item is ready for pickup.

Fines & Stops

  • The Library no longer charges late fines for most items. However materials must still be returned promptly, and students will be charged for the replacement cost of unreturned items.
  • The Library may send courtesy reminder(s) of overdue materials to your student email. It remains the responsibility of the borrower, however, to return materials promptly.​ 
  • Failure to return materials will result in blocked class registration, graduation and receipt of transcripts. 

For Faculty & Staff

Checkout periods for faculty & staff

Most materials can be checked out for 1 term

Renewing Materials

Contact us or renew online

Recalls & Holds

  • Request library materials to be delivered to your campus or center by locating the item in the online catalog and clicking "Place Hold". Directions on the Center Delivery page.
  • Holds for materials checked out to another use may also be placed following the directions on the Center Delivery page
  • Materials requested will be delivered directly to the borrower through campus mail. Holds for staff or faculty at a center will be delivered to the center office.  

More Faculty Services

  • Visit the Faculty Services page to see the many different ways the Library can help you with your teaching needs!
  • Locate resources
  • Instruct students in research skills
  • Collaborate with you on innovative approaches to creating research assignments, and more.

Need library material off-campus? No problem!

Are you a distance student who can't make it to a Kirkwood campus or county center?  No problem! Kirkwood Library Services is here to help, regardless of your location!

You can access most information online through our Library WorldCat search, and through our online databases. Just have your k number and password ready to enter:

We also deliver print books and interlibrary loan books to all of Kirkwood’s seven-county centers (Benton, Linn, Jones, Iowa, Johnson, Cedar or Washington counties). Follow the directions below to hold a book that's checked out, or deliver a book to a different location:

See our Center Delivery guide for even more information on services and resources for our off-campus students. 


Circulation records and other records identifying the names of library users are confidential. 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 themselves.

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA


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