Q. I received a recall notice. What does this mean?
It means the recalled book must be returned to any University of Iowa Library.
When another library user needs an item, or an instructor has requested that material be placed on course reserve, a recall notice is placed. A recall notice is sent (usually via e-mail) informing you that a new due date is in effect.
Everyone is guaranteed two weeks with material (for materials due 4-weeks or longer) and then it is subject to recall. Material recalled for course reserve has no guaranteed period. Most recalled material is due 7 days from the date the recall notice is sent. You can ask to have material recalled back for you if you wish; material recalled for course reserve cannot be recalled back.
Late fees for recalls are high, and having overdue recalled material will block you from checking out any new material.
The University of Iowa Libraries has generous loan periods and renewal policies. The recall system is a way to ensure that material needed by others is accessible.