These resources have all been added since summer 2013. All have proxy access so they are available to users from off-campus.
Welcome to the Iowa State University Library
Welcome to the Iowa State University Library!
Many people think that the only way to access library information is by coming to the library and rummaging through the stacks. Sometimes it's necessary to come to the Library to get a book, but many of the Library's materials (journal articles and databases) are available remotely.
This guide is designed to get you started using library resources. It includes information about searching the library catalog and databases for books and journal articles. There's also a section on finding company and industry information.
As you get started, there are two things that will immediately make your life easier:
- Setting a Library Password, so you can connect to ISU Library databases from off-campus. The instructions are available below.
- "Like" the Iowa State University Library Facebook page to get current news about the Library, its resources and services. There's a QR code and link at the top of the page.
Whether you are a new student, faculty or staff member, I encourage you to contact me with questions andout your teaching, research or class assignments. I'd be glad to meet with you during my office hours in Gerdin (see the 'Contact Me' link for day and time), via email, phone, or at my office in Parks Library.
Get Connected: Off-Campus Access
1. Ready? Get your ISUCard!
2. Set? Set your Library password!
3. Go! Use the ISU e-Library!
If you're prompted to login while connecting to any of the e-Library resources or services, simply use the last 11 digits of your ISUCard number (sometimes called Borrower ID on Library web pages), and use your Library password. Don't have or don't remember your Library password? Set a new one here.
ISU Distance Learning students: Can't find your ISUCard number? Login to AccessPlus. Choose ISU IDs in the left sidebar to find your ISUCard number. Your Borrower ID is the last 11 digits of your ISUCard number. (Problems? Contact email@example.com) See also our DL Guide.
First, if you're using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), turn it off. A VPN client bypasses the steps listed above and delivers your request directly to the commercial database vendor, but without identifying you as an authorized user/subscriber.
Any difficulties finding or using Library resources? Contact us through Ask Us!