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This guide outlines library services and resources for distance learners at the University of Northern Iowa.
Last Updated: Mar 3, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Distance Learners

Jeff Coon, Acting Coordinator

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Toll-free number: 866/207-9410

Local number: 273-2838

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    Rod Library, photo by Elaine Chen

    NEAR OR FAR:   Rod Library is committed to giving UNI distance learners access to the Library's print and electronic collections in a timely manner so that students can successfully complete course assignments and university degrees without having to travel to campus. 

    All currently enrolled distance learners receive a brochure summarizing library services and a University ID card (per request) from the Division of Continuing Education and Special Programs (Guided Independent Study students receive a letter with their university ID number instead of a UNI ID card). This website provides information about how to access library resources and how to request books, articles, and help.  

    OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS:  To ensure access to all of the licensed library resources when you are off-campus and using OneSearch!, sign into the “Hello Guest. Login for full access” link found above the purple tool bar at the top of the OneSearch! page. Your CatID credentials are used for off-campus access into licensed library resources.  See "What is my CatID?”for more information.

    RESEARCH:  Use the Rod Library home page to search all of the Library's resources.

    REQUEST ARTICLES AND BOOKS:  All requests for ARTICLES and BOOKS should be submitted through ILLiad our Interlibrary Loan system.  Click here to submit your requests for articles and books via ILLiad. Books will be sent to your home and articles will be scanned and emailed to you. 

    Getting Started

    In order to receive Rod Library's extra document delivery services for distance learners, you must be taking a class through the Continuing Education and Special Services Division.  All currently enrolled UNI students are able to access Rod Library's licensed databases from off campus.


      Submitting Requests for Books and Articles through ILLiad

      All requests for ARTICLES and BOOKS should be submitted through ILLiad (Online Forms and Tracking)

      • Request Articles & Books Here
        ILLiad is our document delivery system. After you log in using your CatID credentials, you will be able to submit, view, and track your requests efficiently. The first time into the system, you must the "Personal Information" page.

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      • Research Help - Question Form
        Use this form to send us your research questions. Do you need help in getting started with your research? Are you having problems locating a journal article or a book? Are you having problems accessing our resources?

      Metropolitan Area

      Cedar Falls/Waterloo Metropolitan Area
      Listing of Towns and Cities

      If you live within 20 miles from the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metropolitan area, you are as close to Rod Library as many of the on-campus students. The extra document delivery services for distance learners has been set up to help students who rarely travel to campus. If you live in one of the cities or towns listed below, you are considered within the Cedar Falls/Waterloo metropolitan area and don't qualify to receive the extra document delivery services.

      • Artesian
      • Buckingham
      • Cedar Falls
      • Denver
      • Dewar
      • Dike
      • Dunkerton
      • Eagle Center
      • Elk Run Hts.
      • Evansdale
      • Finchford
      • Gilbertville
      • Hudson
      • Janesville
      • Jesup
      • Klinger
      • La Porte City
      • New Hartford
      • Raymond
      • Shell Rock
      • Sinclair
      • Stout
      • Voorhies
      • Washburn
      • Waterloo
      • Waverly

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