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Faculty Services: Access to Resources

This page lists a variety of library services for faculty, such as instruction requests, purchase requests, and individual consultations.

Ask a Librarian

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

Iowa City Campus Library
       Phone: 319-887-3613

Welcome Faculty!

The Library offers so many resources and services to our faculty, we need several pages just to show you! Here is a preview of the kinds of information and services you will find described on these pages. Click on the tabs at the top of this page to access each of these topics:

faculty services outline

Library Catalog, Databases, and Book Collection

Kirkwood Library Services has a wide array of materials available to students, faculty, and staff, both on and off campus. Books and other physical materials held by the Cedar Rapids or Iowa City Libraries can be searched using the WorldCat Discovery search, and can be delivered to any Kirkwood location. All resources are searchable from Kirkwood Library's homepage,

Purchase Request

We value your input on the purchase of library materials. Please send your recommendation using the form below.

Purchase Request Form

Placing holds & Campus mail delivery

As a Kirkwood faculty, you can access almost all Library resources from your office. In addition to the wealth of digital resources you can access through our databases, you can also search for books and DVDs held by both campus Libraries, and have those items delivered to your campus mail box. 
  1. Begin by searching WorldCat from the Library's homepage. You can enter keywords for topic, title, author, or a combination of these in the search box, then select the "Books" tab to see just the book results, and click "Go". For a more precise title search, put quotation marks around the title. (For a video introducing WorldCat click here!) 
  2. Click on the title of the item you're interested in to see the detailed record.
  3. From the detailed record screen, you can see a description of the item [F], the campus or library location [G], and the Request Center Delivery button [H]. Click this button to request that a book be delivered to your campus or center for you. For faculty requests, we will automatically check the book out to you and put it in campus mail to your office. (If, instead of "Request Center Delivery" you see "Request This" on the blue button, you can still request the book, it will just be ordered through Interlibrary Loan, and will take longer to arrive. See InterLibrary Loan for more details.)

  4. You will be prompted to sign in with your k number (e.g. k0123456) and EagleNet password.
  5. Then choose your pickup location from the dropdown menu [J] and click "Submit." 
  6. If you need any assistance in locating the right book for your research needs, please contact a librarian by chat or phone (see "Ask a Librarian" to the left).

Happy reading!

How to Make an Interlibrary Loan Request

The simplest way to make an interlibrary loan request is by doing so through our WorldCat catalog. Follow these steps to find and request material for interlibrary loan.

Step 1: Search the catalog. Go to and enter your search terms into the search box as seen here:

Search Kirkwood Library's Catalog
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Step 1a: If your search brings up the item you are looking for, then it is available from the Kirkwood Library! If you need the item delivered to one of the county/regional centers, follow the instructions found HERE.  If, however, the item you are looking for does not appear, you will have to expand your search beyond Kirkwood Library holdings. To do so, simply check the "Libraries Worldwide" check box on the upper left hand side of the screen as seen here:

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Step 2: After you have found the item that you want, click the title of the work. Once you do this a button titled "Request This" will display. Click the button to open up the interlibrary loan request form:

Request This Example
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Step 2a: (Off-Campus) Requesting an interlibrary loan from off-campus requires an additional step. After clicking the "Request This" button, a window will pop up asking for authentication. Click the "Sign into Kirkwood Community College Libraries with K number" link in this window and log in. After that, continue with Step 3 below.

Off Campus Interlibrary Loan Request Example
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Step 3: Fill out the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. After you click the "Request This" button, an Interlibrary Loan Request form will appear. Simply fill out the form and then click Submit at the bottom of the window (note that required fields are denoted with a red asterisk):

Interlibrary Loan Request Form Example
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That's it, your request has been submitted!

VOD (Video on Demand) & Film Databases

For assistance with VOD, contact Scott Stiffler or Phil Meaney.

Videos placed in Kirkwood’s Video on Demand (VOD) collection are accessible through Talon’s Learning Object Repository (LOR). To add VOD to your Talon course, go to the Course Content section of your Talon site.

Course Content Selection Example

Select or create the module where you want to include the video. Next, click the Upload/Create button and from the dropdown menu that appears, select “Add Object from LOR.”

Add Object from LOR Example

In the search box that appears, type in a portion of the title you are looking for.

Search Title Example

If the title is available, it will display under the search box. Click the circle to select the video and then click the “Next” button.

A window will then appear asking how you want the object displayed in your Talon site. It is recommended that you select either “Dynamic Link” or “Copy as Content” that way if any changes are made to the existing link, you will not lose access.

After you click the “Next” button here, you will be asked if you want the video to open in a new window or tab. We recommend you check this box as some users may have difficulty opening the video within the Talon shell. Once you have selected this, click the “Create Topic” button, which will insert your VOD link into your selected module.

Click the created link to view the video.

If you are experiencing difficulty finding a video on VOD, contact Scott Stiffler from Master Control, as some videos may not be connected with LOR yet.

In order to remain copyright compliant, a film must be owned by Kirkwood or the instructor before it may be placed within VOD. Please contact the if you would like a DVD purchased for your class and  put on VOD by Media Services. A link will then be provided for you to place in Talon. 

Streaming videos are also provided by two available databases:

Note that VOD is not operated or maintained by the Library, and therefore, librarians may not be able to answer technical questions or problems you may be experiencing with the system.

Placing Items on Course Reserves

Fill in the form below and bring it to the library together with your reserved items.
Please plan ahead and allow two business days for the library to process your request.

Contact us for questions and comments:

              Cedar Rapids Campus Library                                                                
              Phone: 319-887-5696                                           

              Iowa City Campus Library 

              Phone: 319-398-3613 

Faculty Research Consultation

We are happy to help you with library research for your teaching, research, and professional development needs. If you are currently working on or will be working on such an endeavor we can schedule a face to face meeting with you to determine where to obtain relevant materials.  Because of the complexity of such requests, we have found that the face to face interview approach generates the best results for all parties. 

Don’t hesitate, contact the Library reference desk and schedule an appointment today.

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

Iowa City Campus Library