Books from the General Collection are loaned to ISU Visitor Card holders for a period of 4 weeks.
The library's automated circulation system provides up-to-the-minute circulation status reports on the Quick Search result screens. It will report, for example, that an item is "Checked out" (and due on a certain date), "checked in" and so on. Checking the status of a book can help you ensure the book is actually available before coming into the building to retrieve the book.
The system will not allow anyone to place a "hold" on a book that is listed as checked-in, so it is possible someone else may get to the book before you can get to campus to check it out. If the book is not on the shelf for various reasons, please ask for it at the Circulation Desk, in the Main Lobby of the Library.
Open WorldCat is like a library catalog for 28,000 libraries all rolled into one. After you search Open WorldCat, and pull up a record for something you want to locate, scroll down the page to see the list of libraries that own the item. You can type in your zip code to reorder the libraries so that the libraries nearest your location are listed first.