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Resources for Transfer Students

An introduction to the library specifically for transfer students


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Below, we've compiled a few frequently asked questions to help you "meet" the library! You'll find practical questions... and a few that you might just be curious about!

The answer is "maybe." Due to budget limitations, we cannot purchase the textbooks for all courses. That said, we might have your textbook! Textbooks may be found in a variety of locations in the library including our reference collection, general shelves, or course reserves.

If you know the title of the textbook, try searching for it in the library catalog. If it's in the catalog, write down the call number and stop by the Reference Desk if you need help finding it. You may also want to check if the book is available via an I-Share library (other academic libraries in Illinois); if so, you can request the item.

Alternatively, if you know the course name or the instructor's name, you can also search for the book via course reserves. Course reserves check out for 2 hours and must be used in the building, but you're free to scan parts of the text during that time!

Not having any luck? Contact the Reference Desk if you have any questions.

Print jobs can be sent from any Milner Library computer and retrieved at print stations throughout the library. Additionally, you can print wirelessly from your laptop! For more information, check out the instructions and videos here.

Print jobs cost $0.08/side for black and white printing and $0.40/side for color printing and use the Redbird Dollars on your Redbird Card. If you need to add funds to your Redbird Card, you can use the machine on the main floor in the library or use a method provided by the Redbird Card Office.

Yes! Study rooms are available for small groups who need a space to study or discuss group projects. Study rooms are located on floors 4 and 5, are first come first serve, and cannot be reserved. Please note that the group study rooms on floor 4 are for quiet study only, since floor 4 is the quiet floor. The study room walls are not soundproof.

You sure can! To see what you have checked out, renew items, place requests, or see pinned (saved) items, login here.

A whole lot! The library offers a variety of items:

  • Our online collections include journal articles, e-books, newspapers, dissertations, streaming audio and video, and more! Use our Combined Search to search everything in our print and online collections.
  • To browse our streaming video collections, check out this list.
  • Looking for technology? The library circulates laptops, phone chargers, calculators, and more. See the full list here.
  • If you want a fun read, try our browsing books! They're located by the Circulation Desk on the Main Floor.
  • Researching ISU history? Many of our archives collections are available online.
  • Special Collections has all sorts of interesting materials, including circus route books, costumes, and more.

If you don't feel safe walking home, you can use Redbird Safe Walk. Redbird Safe Walk is available to all students, faculty, and staff members who would like to be escorted to and from places including campus locations, bus stops, and apartments close to campus. Redbird Safe Walk is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call (309) 438-WALK to request an escort. For Relay Service for the Deaf please call (309) 438-8266.

Librarians and library staff do all sorts of things! Many employees work behind closed doors making sure our library catalog and online collections are up-to-date, functional, and accessible. This includes work digitizing resources, creating online records so that materials are findable, maintaining software systems, ordering and processing resources, repairing physical collections, and more. Library staff also process course reserves, locate resources through inter-library loan, and shelve materials throughout the library.

On the public side, you'll find librarians and library staff at the Circulation Desk and Reference Desk. The Reference Desk is where you'll go to ask questions or get help with research. Librarians are available at that desk and via chat, email, and phone. On top of that, subject librarians are available for in-depth assistance! Librarians teach classes, purchase materials, and conduct research-- that said, our #1 priority is helping students and the community use our resources. If you ever have any questions, please reach out! We're happy to help!

If you're interested in learning more about a career in library or information sciences, reach out to and we'd be happy to chat with you! To find student jobs, search here.

Some say it is! Rumor has it that our very first librarian, Ange Milner, haunts the library. Truth be told, the current library building was constructed long after Ange passed. Some say Ange haunts the collection, rather than a specific place, and that the beginning of "Ghostbusters" was based on our very own librarian! Here in the library, we don't believe Ange is haunting us -- but if she did, she'd be a friendly ghost!

You must mean PAWSitively Stress Free! Milner Library partners with Health Promotion and Wellness to bring this event to the library. Watch our social media (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) or check out Redbird Life to learn about future events!

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