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For Students

Checkout periods for students

Books: 1 semester, or until recalled by another user

Reserve items: No reserves for Fall 2020

Magazines and journals: No magazine/journal checkout for Fall 2020

Graphing calculators: 1 semester. ($20 cash deposit is being waived for Fall 2020). Please fill out graphing calculator request form before coming in to check out.

Laptops:  Laptops may be checked out for 2 days, once every two weeks. Subject to availability. Please fill out laptop agreement.

Hotspots: A limited number of hotspots are available for semester-long checkout. See this page for more details. 

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.
  • The Library is offering curbside pickup for those that prefer not to come inside any campus buildings. Place a hold on the items you want to check out, then send an email to for Cedar Rapids Campus, or to for Iowa City Campus pickup.
  • 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. 


The Library has a limited supply of hotspots available beginning August 31st. These are for student checkout for Fall 2020 semester. A hotspot allows you to connect to the internet if you don't have WiFi.

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.

Where to Return Library Materials

Materials safety

A note on quarantining of Library materials: The Library is quarantining all returned materials before returning to circulation. There may be a delay in seeing that materials you have returned to the Library are checked in, and may be a delay in being able to check out materials that have been recently returned.

Before returning library items, we ask you to please observe the following safe-handling practices:

  • Do not clean, disinfect, or microwave library materials before returning them. For example, do not use water, Lysol, or any other cleaner on materials.
  • If you or your family members are sick or have been sick, seal materials in a zip-lock style bag if possible before returning.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before handling library materials for return and again after you have completed the return.


Where and when can I return my library books? What if I get a notice saying a book is overdue?

WHEN: Books checked out spring or summer semester are now due back at the library. If you want to renew a book, please call the circulation desk at 319-398-5696.


  1. Inside the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Campus Libraries during open hours.
  2. One of the outdoor drop boxes, located outside the Main Campus and Iowa City Campus Libraries.
  3. If you prefer, you may also mail your library books back to campus. The Library's mailing address is: Kirkwood Community College, Library, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

Graphing Calculators

When can I return my graphing calculator? How can I get my $20 deposit back?

WHEN: All semester-long graphing calculators are due back at the end of the semester.

DEPOSITS: Kirkwood has returned all calculator deposits to students who checked out a graphing calculator for spring semester. This deposit was sent to your bank account if Kirkwood has this on file. If not, a check was sent to your mailing address on file. See your student email for additional information regarding the timing of this payment.


  1. In person at the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Campus Libraries. 
  2. If you are out of town, you may mail your calculator back to campus. Please package calculator with bubble wrap or other padding. The Library's mailing address is: Kirkwood Community College, Library, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. 


When can I return my laptop and charger (and any other computer equipment)?

WHEN: Please return any laptop you have checked out right away. There will be no renewals of laptops. 

You may return your laptop to:

  • The Cedar Rapids Campus: return to either the Library, or the Business/IT department in Nielsen Hall room 203
  • The Iowa City Campus Library

If you have any additional questions about returns, please use the Ask a Librarian chat on this page, or send an email to


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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