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Borrowing Materials

For Students

Checkout periods for students

Books: 3 weeks

Reserve items: In library use only, 4 hour limit

Magazines and journals: 7 days

Graphing calculators: 1 semester with $20 refundable cash deposit


UPDATE for Spring 2020 only: See our COVID-19 page for up-to-date information.

  • Cedar Rapids Campus policy:
    • Laptops may be checked out for one week or 7 days.  For example, laptops checked out on a Saturday must be returned by the following Saturday. Length of check-out periods will be amended during student breaks.
    • No telephone or online renewals.
    • Requires signing laptop agreement attached below.
    • If all 7-day laptops are checked out, you may place a hold to be notified when one becomes available. Follow this link to place a hold: click "Place Hold", then select the option "Main Library Laptop -- 7 day". You will be notified through your student email, and then have 48 hours to pick it up at the Main Campus Library Checkout Desk.
  • Iowa City Campus policy: Laptops may be checked out for 4 hours, and must remain on campus. Requires leaving a photo ID.

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.‚Äč 
  • 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. 

Ask a Librarian


Cedar Rapids Campus Library
       Phone: 319-398-5697
       Toll-free 866-452-8504

Iowa City Campus Library
       Phone: 319-887-3613


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.




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