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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.

Cheap but not free

The Document Delivery Service (DDS) at Iowa State University provides rapid, low-cost copying and delivery services to business, industry and individual researchers worldwide. Drawing on the resources of the ISU Library, and other libraries and document suppliers throughout the world, DDS staff will locate, photocopy, scan, and deliver a variety of documents, including:

  • Journal and newspaper articles
  • Technical reports
  • Conference papers
  • Book chapters
  • Government documents
  • Patents
  • Book loans (for individuals with an active ISU Library card)
  • Other types of materials

For individuals with an ISU Visitor's Card, scanning of ISU Library print materials is $5 per request. Books from the ISU Library and other libraries around the world can be mailed to your home or office, fees may apply depending on the address.

Individuals who do not have a visitor's card can request scans of ISU Library materials, but the price is a bit higher: $15.00 per request, up to 20 pages; additional charge of $ .10/page thereafter.

For more details, see the website at:

Your Librarian

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