Event in BurlingWe welcome visitors to our libraries and will be happy to assist you in using our collections while you are in the buildings. All of our book and periodical stacks are open for browsing. Our electronic subscriptions are generally available for your use while you are in the building. Our online catalog is freely available on the Web wherever you have Web access. You will know that you have landed on a restricted resource when you are prompted for a username and password.

We do not circulate materials to visitors who are not residents of the local area. If there is something you would like to check out from our collections, please go through your local public library and take advantage of its interlibrary loan program.

For Local Area Residents

We encourage local residents to obtain borrowing privileges at the Grinnell College Libraries. Requirements:

  • Of at least high school age
  • Live within 20 miles of Grinnell College
  • Have a Drake Community Library Card (Grinnell Public Library)
  • Have a valid email address

Please bring your Drake Community Library card (the wallet-sized one, not the keychain card) to the Burling Library circulation desk to set up a patron record. A Grinnell College Libraries barcode will be affixed to your card. All checked out materials are subject to immediate recall if needed for Course Reserves.


Books circulate for two weeks. If your book has not been requested by a member of the campus community, you may renew books by phone (641-269-3350) or online using your Grinnell College Libraries bar code. Local area residents may check out up to 10 books at one time.

Course Reserves

You may check these books out only if you are enrolled in a Grinnell College course.

Videos and CDs

This collection, located in both the Burling Library Media Room and the AV Center in ARH, is reserved for members of the campus community. You may use recordings while inside the building.

Periodicals (magazines and journals)

You may use periodicals while in Burling or the Science Library. They may not be checked out.