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Visitors Guide to Research Resources

This guide is intended to alert campus visitors to research resources that are available to them from the ISU Libraries - both remotely and on-campus.

Who is Eligible for a Visitors Card?

Users eligible to obtain ISU Library Visitor Card First card Lost card Annual fee Remote database access?
ISU alumni or ISU Alumni Association member
ISU Library Friends Association member
U. of Iowa or U. of Northern Iowa student/faculty
$5 $20 $0 No
OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program $5 $20 $0 No
Extramural borrower (no ISU affiliation) $20 $20 $20 No

Obtaining a Library Card

Retired faculty and staff, are eligible to receive the standard ISUCard at no cost. For additional information, contact the ISUCard Office at (515) 294-2727. ISU alumni and individual researchers who have no formal affiliation with ISU, can apply for an ISU Library Visitor Card. To apply for a Visitor Card, you must bring a valid form of photo identification (e.g., driver's license, Non-driver ID card, etc.) to the Main Desk, in the Parks Library lobby, in person. This cannot be done from off-campus.

NOTE: This is not an instantaneous process. Applicants will receive their Visitor Cards by mail but will be able to check out some materials the same day they apply for their card.

Also note: Visitor cards do not provide non-ISU researchers with database access from off-campus.

Your Librarian

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Lorrie Pellack
Head, Research & Instruction Services Dept.
150c Parks Library
Ames, IA 50011-2140
Phone: 515-294-5569