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The University Library
Dean of the Library: Olivia M. A. Madison, M.L.A.
The University Library provides a wide array of print, non-print, and electronic information resources, which are housed in the main Parks Library, the e-Library, the Veterinary Medical Library, and three subject-oriented reading rooms (design, mathematics, and physical sciences). The library’s extensive collections support research and study for all ISU graduate programs, with the strongest support at the Ph.D. level. These collections are nationally recognized for their strengths in basic and applied fields of biological and physical sciences. Library holdings include more than 2,529,920 volumes and approximately 66,195 current serial titles.
The library encourages use of its collections and many services, and assistance is provided at five public service desks. These desks include the Learning Connections Center, Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery, the Circulation Desk, the Media Center (incl. Maps, Media, Microforms, and Course Reserve collections), and Special Collections. In addition, instruction in the use of library resources is offered to graduate and undergraduate students.
The library’s e-Library, accessed through the Internet, provides access to the local online catalog; online indexes; electronic journals and books; and selected Internet sites. Assistance in using this vast body of electronic resources is available at the Learning Connections Center, digital reference services, and through individually arranged appointments with reference librarians.
The Parks Library has a limited number of semiprivate study rooms available for faculty, graduate students, and professional and scientific staff. They are intended for research and other scholarly activities that require extensive use of library material. Normally, assignments are made for a semester at a time.