Quick Search will find both ebooks and books available through the University Library.
Searches using the box above are filtered to show only books but there are more filters you can apply to narrow down your results on the right side of the page.
Once you've identified a library item you want to use, there are a few steps to follow to get your hands on it.
Map It to view a map of where the item is in the building.
Then just go to the indicated floor (or tier) and find your book on the shelf. Just follow the signs on the shelves until you find the range that includes your item's call number, then skim the shelves in that row until you arrive at the one you want.
Call numbers group items by topic, so it may be worth taking time to skim through other items shelved near the one you were first interested in. There may be other relevant books nearby!
If time isn't a pressing issue, you can opt to have Library staff locate the item and hold it for you at the Main Desk. For items that can be requested, when you open the item record in Quick Search, you'll see a box where you can sign in to request materials, save searches, etc.
Use the link in this box to sign in with your net ID (first part of your @iastate.edu email) and password. Once you've done that, you can request the item using the link that appears on the page.
The last step is to choose your pickup location (this is most likely to be Parks) and click request. You'll be notified when the item is ready for pickup, and all you have to do is stop at the Main Desk with your ISU Card to check it out.
Book (or article, or book chapter, depending on what you want) under the New Request menu.
Submit Request to complete the process. You'll get an email when the book is ready for pickup, usually within a week.