The buildings of Iowa State University Library are open to the public, and all collections (print and electronic) may be used freely on-site.
Patrons wishing to borrow materials from the Library, however, must show either the ISUCard (the standard University ID) or an ISU Library Visitor Card. To get a Visitor Card, please visit the Circulation Desk in the main lobby of the Parks Library.
If you have any questions regarding your search for information, feel free to contact the staff at the Research Help Desk or use the Live Help box on the right side of this page or use our Ask Us! service to email or chat with a member of our staff.
Scanning books, journal articles, or other papers:
Self-serve scanners with friendly help screens are located in the Parks Library on Floor 1 (in the southwest corner of the Learning Connections Center) and in the Veterinary Medicine Library. These "face-up" book scanners are available during all open hours, and are free of charge. Users can choose to scan in full color, grayscale, or black and white. Output formats include JPEG, TIFF, and PDF. Scanning area is 17" by 24". Scanned files can be emailed or copied to a flash drive.
Scanning from microfilm:
The Media Center (room 002, Parks Library) is equipped with five self-serve digital scanners, allowing users to scan images from microfilm or microfiche at resolutions of 200 to 800 dpi. The scanning itself is free of charge. Users can email scanned images or copy them to their own flash drives or CDs, also free of charge.