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- Most University library materials can be checked out of the libraries by University community members; lengths of check-out times vary according to types of materials and user status. Materials which do not circulate can be used within the various libraries where they are housed (www.lib.uiowa.edu/services/circ).
- All of the University Libraries — Main Library, the branch libraries, and Hardin Library for the Health Sciences — provide reserve collections in support of classroom teaching (www.lib.uiowa.edu/services/courseres).
- Access to materials not held by University Libraries may be arranged through Interlibrary Loan services provided by the Main Library and Hardin Library for the Health Sciences (http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/services/illdd). University Libraries maintains consortial agreements with the State of Iowa Regents libraries, the National Library of Medicine's Regional Medical Library Network, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (Big Ten institutions and the University of Chicago).
- Access to materials held off-site at the Libraries Annex, a high-density storage facility with capacity of up to 4.8 million volumes, is available by placing a request through the library catalog and requesting delivery to a campus office or for pick-up at an on-campus library.