The J. Raymond Chadwick Library is a learning commons which promotes collaboration and a sense of belonging for all members of the IW community.
The library serves as an academic space. Chadwick Library scaffolds curriculum-based research and inquiry with education in information literacy to engage students and promote perpetual learning.
The library serves as a third space. Chadwick Library provides a physical location for students to learn and grow as individuals, as well as access technology and information.


Students can access electronic resources via the library home page from off -campus. From the library home page log in as a remote user with your IW username and password.



  • Sunday: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: CLOSED


In order to maintain an environment conducive to study and research, all students are expected to behave reasonably, use the facilities and resources appropriately, and respect others.


Cell phones should be set to silent or vibrate upon entering the library. Students may respond to calls in the International Room, the vestibule or outside the library. Students listening to an iPod or other devices should use earbuds, headsets, etc. with the volume at a level that is audible to them.


The computer lab in the library is provided to enable library users to access the collections and other information resources and services in support of curriculum and research needs. Use of computing resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with University policies and local, state, and federal laws. These laws and policies cover such areas as illegal access to computer systems, networks, files, copyright, and harassment issues. Students are expected to abide by the IW Computer Networks Users Agreement.
First priority for use of computers is accorded to IW students, faculty, and staff. Occasionally the lab may be reserved for classes. Computer Lab reservations are noted on whiteboards set up next to the lab and usually occur during regular day class hours (Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to approximately 4:00PM). At times, the demand for library computers exceeds availability. As an alternative, students may use personal computers, the computers in the OASIS Computer Lab, or use a Chromebook. Chromebooks are available for library use only at the Check Out Desk.
Due to the public nature of the library, individuals should demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. Please be sensitive to the fact that some on- screen images, sounds, or messages create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others. The librarians may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to study and research.


Food and beverages in spill-proof containers are permitted in all areas of the Library. Please use extra care in handling food and beverages in the Computer Labs to avoid damaging any equipment. Trash cans are located throughout the library, but items with leftover food and/or drink should be disposed of on the Main Floor in the Chadwick Café. Please notify library staff in the event of any spills that need attention.
Using tobacco products of any kind is prohibited in Chadwick Library.
Located on the main level of the library, the Chadwick Café offers Caribou Coffee, soft drinks, and snacks. The cafe is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to two hours before closing time and accepts cash and credit/debit cards.


Call the Ask Here Desk at 319.385.6318 to speak directly to a Reference Librarian. Librarians will answer reference questions by telephone when possible and appropriate, but if students have an involved, complicated research project, staff may ask the student to visit in person or send an email. Students who are physically present in the Library will be given priority over telephone questions. Email the Electronic Resources Librarian directly at [email protected] to ask questions about research. Email responses are usually sent within 24 hours. During regular semester hours, reference assistance is available at the Reference Desk during the following hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 8AM – 10 PM
  • Friday: 8AM – 5PM
  • Sunday: 5PM – 9PM

Students can make an appointment with a reference librarian for a personalized session.


Members of the IW community with a valid student ID are welcome to borrow circulating books and media from the Library. A current photo ID is required for checkout. Reserve materials can have check- out periods ranging from Library Use Only to 3 weeks. All other items have a due date of December 1st for Fall Semester and May 1st for Spring Semester. An after-hours book return is located in the front entry.


Books may be renewed in person or by phone at 319.385.6317. Books may be renewed for one renewal period, unless a hold has been placed on the item.


You may place a request for a book that is currently checked out and it will be held for you when it is returned. Please see a Reference Librarian for assistance.


Chadwick charges accruing overdue fines for Reserve materials, and those overdue fines are 50¢ per hour. For all other items, patrons will be charged a flat processing fee of $35 two days after the item’s due date. If the item has still not been returned 7 days after the due date, patrons will be charged an additional $35 minimum replacement fee or the cost of replacing the item—whatever is higher.
All bills will be sent to the Business Office and added to the student’s account before the last day of the semester. Librarians can waive or reduce fees at their discretion.
Please email, call or speak with a Librarian in person if you have questions about your account or fines. Interlibrary Loan items are also subject to overdue fines and fees, as well as lost or stolen replacement costs.
Students with overdue materials will receive overdue notices via IW email. Borrowing privileges are suspended until materials have been returned and fines are paid.


Faculty may put readings on reserve so that everyone in a class has the same opportunity to read the texts. Reserve materials are located at the Check OutDesk. Checkout time for reserve materials can vary at the discretion of the professor, but in general, reserve books and articles may be used for two hours at a time inside the Library. Some reserve materials may be available for overnight checkout. Overnight reserve materials may be checked out two hours before closing and are due two hours after the Library is open. The fine is 50¢ for each overdue hour.


Once you have identified items that you need that are not available in Chadwick Library’s collection, you may use the Request Item via Interlibrary Loan button to request the item from another library.
Students will be notified via email when items are available. Physical items, such as books or DVDs, can be picked up at the Check Out Desk after presenting your IW Student ID. Articles will arrive via IW email either as a PDF attachment or a link. Linked articles must be downloaded and saved within a month and/or 5 accesses or the link will be closed.


Little Helping Houses are located in both the Men’s and Women’s restrooms on the first floor of the library. These houses have a variety of items, including shampoo, body wash, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, etc., and are available for the public to take. Please be considerate of others when taking items, and notify library staff if the houses need attention.