Library Services for the Community


The Busse Library is physically open approximately 95 hours per week during spring and fall semesters.  The building has 65,000 square feet; there are nearly 140,000 volumes.


See the Reference Librarians for assistance in finding information using a wide variety of print and electronic sources, doing literature searches, citation verification, bibliographies, using the WWW and other special reference and information services. Stop at the desk, call 368-6465 or ext. 1246 or email


WorldCat, the Library Catalog is searchable at  Use the default keyword search to find items in the university's library, the state of Iowa, or the world.  Select a search form tab to locate a type of item (book, article, or video). 


The community may check-out books for 4 weeks. A library card from another library or a driver's license can be used in lieu of a library card. Videos and periodicals (magazines/journals) circulate for 72 hours (3 days). Curriculum Center items may be checked out for four weeks.


Our media collection includes videos, DVDs, tapes, music CDs and teaching kits.  Media collection items are now located on the first floor behind the reference collection. There are listening and viewing areas on the first floor. Most items may be checked out for 3 days.


The Curriculum Center on the lower level is a working analog of a school library/media center with over 10,000 items. Children's books and teaching aids are in this collection. 

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