Student Services and Policies

Student IDs

You may get your student ID in the library.  You will need your driver’s license or some other form of a picture ID or your class schedule. Your first ID is free but there is a $10.00 replacement fee if your ID is lost or stolen.

Checkout Policies

You must have a library card from any library to checkout materials or to take reserve items from the desk. If you do not have a library card, you need to fill out an application at the circulation desk.  You will need your driver’s license and student ID. If you have a library card from another RiverShare library you can use that card at this library. If you do not have a student ID you may obtain one here in the library. Library cards and student IDs are free.

Books, CDs,  and Audio Cassettes:  may be checkout for three weeks. They may be renewed for an additional three weeks.

Magazines and Newspapers: The most current copy of a magazine or newspaper cannot be checked out. Older issues may be checked out for one week. Magazines and newspapers may be renewed for an additional two one week periods.

Videos and DVDs can be checked out for one week. They may be renewed for one week.

Environmental videos and DVDs:  Environmental videos and DVDs may be checked out for one week. There is a limit of three environmental videos or DVDs that can be checked out at a time. There are no renewals on environmental videos.

Items placed on reserve cannot leave the library unless otherwise designated by your instructor.


Fines are charged per day for each item excluding weekends and holidays.

Books and CDs are 10 cents per day

Magazines and newspapers are 10 cents per day

All videos, DVDs are $1.00 per day.

Reserve items taken from the library are $1.00 per day.

Refunds on Lost Items

If you find a library item that you paid for and return it to the library within thirty days from the date you paid for it, we will refund your money. You will not receive a refund on items returned after thirty days.

Photo Copier

There is one photocopier located across from the circulation desk. The copier will copy in 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17 copies for $.15 an image. The copier will accept nickels, dimes, and quarters, and also dollar bills at the changer. If the changer will not accept bills, change for a $5.00 bill may be obtained at the circulation desk. Change for larger bills must be obtained from the Business office. Transparencies are on sale at the circulation desk for $.35 each.

Fax Services

Library staff will fax items for students for $1.00 for the first page and 50 cents for each page after. A cover sheet is provided at no charge. Students may receive a fax for 50 cents per page.


The library has two scanners for student use.

Computer Use

There are 21 computers in the library and 3 computers across the hall in room 1305 for student use. All computers have access to the Internet, Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Power Point. Priority is given to students who need to use the computers for academic purposes.


There is no charge for printing, but printing is limited to 20 pages per print job. To print follow the directions that are posted by computer monitors.

 Study Rooms

The library has two study rooms that students may sign up for two hours at a time.  Students who wish to reserve a room should sign up at the circulation desk. Priority is given to students who need to use the video/DVD players for class assignments.

Library Orientations

If you schedule your students for instruction in the use of library resources, it will provide your students with help and support for learning and research projects. Classes can be customized to meet your needs and the objectives of an assignment. Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Overview of library services and resources
  • Basic search techniques using electronic databases and the library catalog
  • Advanced search techniques which focus student research
  • Evaluation of information
  • Plagiarism
  • Copyright

In order that library staff may fully prepare for the session, we request that instruction sessions be scheduled at least one week in advance. Contact Linda Nelson at 563 441-4151 or to schedule a session.

Help with Research Projects

Library staff will be happy to help you find resources for your research projects. Contact us by stopping in, phone calls, or email. See the About the Library page for phone numbers and email accounts. You may also make appointments for individual consultations.


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