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Distance Learners

This guide outlines library services and resources for distance learners at the University of Northern Iowa.

Retiring guide

This guide will be retired in Summer 2022. Please use the library's website for additional information on how Rod Library supports Distance Learners.

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Distance Learners

Contact Information

Toll-free number: 866/207-9410

Local number: 319/ 273-2838

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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. 

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 Programs Division, who will send all currently enrolled distance learners a brochure summarizing library services and a University ID card (per request). Guided Independent Study students receive a letter with their university ID number instead of a UNI ID card.

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