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What is the "Budget Book" and where is it located?

1983 views   |   17 Last updated on May 03, 2016    salaries ISU budget legislation

Actually called: Budget for the Fiscal Year - Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Research Help Desk LD2533 I56). Latest years are available at the Research Help Desk.   New volumes tend to arrive around mid-August each year.  Salary information is also available online (but it is not as current as the print version) at:  The ... read more

Does the Library have a collection of auto repair manuals?

1926 views   |   27 Last updated on Oct 11, 2017    repair manuals cars

Yes!! Available online through Chilton's Library! The Ames Public Library also has some manuals available for check out. Use the Online Catalog link on their website to see what they have available in hard copy.  Use "service manual*" or "repair manual*" as the search term.... read more

Renewals and status of book check-out

898 views   |   14 Last updated on Aug 15, 2018    passwords library services

Books can be renewed online. Anyone can check their list of books currently checked out and their due dates by going to My Library Card on the library homepage in the upper right hand corner. Login by typing either a NetID and email password - OR - the last 11 digits of an ISU ID and library password in the blanks provided and account infomation will be available. Renewals can be made by clicking ... read more

Equipment Borrowing and Checkout

703 views   |   12 Last updated on Aug 01, 2019    audio laptops library services audiovisual

There are several campus options for checking out specialized audiovisual equipment and/or laptops. Parks Library: in-building use only - see: for details. Tech Lending in Parks Library (for students only) see Equipment Checkout (for students only) in 91 Durham - see: read more

Where is the Library Storage Building and how do I get there?

642 views   |   22 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    library building library services

Walk-in service is NOT available. Requests for Storage material may be made via the "request item" link within Quick Search or at the Parks Library Circulation Desk. Materials may be picked up after 3:30pm the following working day. For more information, see read more

What newspapers does the library provide?

637 views   |   14 Last updated on Oct 29, 2017    databases newspapers

See the library guide for eNewspapers at: read more

Industry analysis

628 views   |   17 Last updated on Sep 22, 2015    databases companies

See the library guide College of Business: Library Resources: Industry Search at: read more

Where can I find ASTM standards?

625 views   |   15 Last updated on Jan 05, 2018    industry standards

ASTM standards are available to ISU researchers in electronic format via the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library. Older ASTM standards are located in the Parks Library General Collection in a large set called Annual Book of ASTM Standards at: TA405 .Am35a. If you have trouble locating a particular standard, please stop at the Research Help Desk in the Parks Library lobby for assistance.... read more

What database(s) provide company addresses/phone numbers?

623 views   |   14 Last updated on May 03, 2016    databases companies

Use "Business Insights: Essentials" for information on companies. Located on the Library homepage under Articles Indexes and Databases or directly at: read more

Laptop enabled printing in the library

620 views   |   3 Last updated on Aug 01, 2019    printing papercut laptops library services

Laptop users can use PaperCut Web Print to send jobs to networked printers in Parks Library or the branch facilities. Web Print is accessible through the PaperCut user page: . All users have to do is visit that website, login, and then look for the link to Web Print. It walks through process to enable printing to library printers from a laptop. It also... read more

How can I find college directories and rankings?

619 views   |   18 Last updated on Aug 25, 2016    colleges rankings

The Parks Library owns a number of college directories and handbooks.  The newest editions are located in the reference collection on Tier 2 in the Library.  They are in order by call number and college handbooks have call numbers starting with L901.  For college rankings - - a number of these are available on the Internet.  One of the more popular titles is published by U.S. News & World Report c... read more

Where can I find old issues of the Iowa State Daily?

615 views   |   17 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    ISU history newspapers

Online at:  Print versions of the current issues are in the Bookends Reading Room while older issues are in Microforms (call #CQ). Indexes for articles from the Daily exist for 1950-1995. Ask for assistance in locating and using them at the Parks Library Research Help Desk.... read more

Federal government salaries

604 views   |   15 Last updated on Mar 29, 2013    salaries legislation

These can be found using Quick Search - Books & More - 'salary table' in title.... read more

Where can I find tax forms?

604 views   |   21 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    library services

The ISU Library does not provide paper copies of U.S. Federal and State Income Tax forms. Ames Public Library provides free paper copies of Federal tax forms, but no Iowa tax forms.  All tax forms can be accessed online. For more information see: read more

N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide (blue books)

602 views   |   17 Last updated on Mar 29, 2013    cars

Also called: Blue book - Located in the Periodical Room at TL162 .N33... read more

How can I find the status of legislative bills?

601 views   |   15 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    Iowa laws legislation

Status of a federal government bill is available via - Status of a state bill is available from the Iowa General Assembly at read more

Where can I find ISU Extension publications?

598 views   |   13 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    ISU history

Current ISU Extension publications are usually available free from the Extension Publications Online Store - - If researchers want, they can also usually purchase a print version from the Store. Non-current ISU Extension publications are usually available in either the Media Center (on microfilm) or the University Archives.  If you are having trouble locating... read more

Information about the Campanile

590 views   |   15 Last updated on Jul 13, 2018    ISU history trivia

There are 5678 bricks and 50 bells in the Campanile. Inscriptions on the 10 original bells and other information can be found at Other information is also in Iowa State University Campus and Its Buildings 1859-1979 (Parks Library Research Help Desk - LD2543 .I6 .D39x) and also online at: read more

What are Carnegie research institutions?

589 views   |   17 Last updated on Jun 05, 2016    organizations

These are universities and institutions of research. For more information see read more

Copy cards

585 views   |   3 Last updated on Mar 29, 2013    printing library services

Library copiers accept cash, ISUCards with CyCash, or Departmental Copy Cards. ISU departments can obtain a departmental ISUCard to be used exclusively for photocopying in the ISU Library system or in the document centers maintained by ISU Printing Services. Departments can obtain this card through the ISUCard Office, 0530 Beardshear Hall (294-2727). Departmental ISUCards can be used on the lib... read more

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