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Distance Education Library Services: Getting books, articles, etc.

These webpages guide University of Iowa Distance Education students to library resources and services. A University of Iowa HawkID and password are required to use some resources.

Delivery Services

UI Libraries strives to provide the same level of service to UI students both on and away from campus. Use these methods to access books, journal articles and other library resources away from Iowa City.

Getting Help

Distance Education Librarian Dan Gall is normally available during Central Time business hours and will respond as soon as possible to any messages.

Answers about the library

Registering for Electronic Delivery

Individual articles and individual chapters of books can be scanned and delivered through our secure electronic delivery system.

  1. Sign in to the Interlibrary Loan/Article Delivery system using your HawkID and password.
  2. The first time you sign in, you will be asked to create an account including your preferred shipping address and password known only to you.
  3. It is important to choose Distance Education whenever you are given that option.
  4. Use this video for more information.

Requesting Articles & Chapters

Articles may be available electronically if the copyright holder has granted permission for electronic access.

  • Use the Infolink button in any University of Iowa database to check for online availability.
  • If the article is not available online, the Infolink button in the database you search will give you an option to request the article through the Article Delivery Service.
  • In most cases, we will scan articles and notify you by email when they are available in the system.
  • Use this video for more information.

Requesting Books

  • Request books from the University of Iowa Libraries Interlibrary Loan/Article Delivery system. Books will be shipped directly to the address you specify.
  • You will need to know the:
    • Author or Editor and title of the book
    • It will help us find the right book if you include other information including the call number from the University of Iowa catalog. (Other libraries might assign a different call number - use ours.)
    • Be sure to specify if you need a specific edition of the book or if any edition will do.
    • Books will be shipped at the University of Iowa Libraries' expense and will include instructions on how to return them. Return shipping is at your expense.

If libraries at the UI do not have my book?

Dan the Librarian

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Dan Gall
335-5256 (local)
877-807-9587 (toll-free)
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