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Spend an evening with Nicholas Meyer |Star Trek writer & director |Friday, May 20 @Main Library

The UI Libraries is pleased to host Nicholas Meyer, who will make an appearance as a guest speaker in conjunction with the Main Library Gallery exhibition 50 Years of Star Trek.

Meyer, who is an alumnus of the University of Iowa, directed the movie Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and contributed to the shooting script for that film (uncredited). He wrote portions of the screenplay for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and went on to direct Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), for which he also co-wrote the screenplay.

A long-time Sherlockian, Meyer’s writing prowess led to a best-selling novel, The Seven-Per-Cent Solution: Being a Reprint from the Reminiscences of John H. Watson, M.D.  The novel, crafted by Meyer in a style faithful to the original series, follows Holmes through cocaine addiction and recovery.  Meyer received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay of the novel.

Meyer will deliver a brief talk, titled The Last Man To Understand Anything. There will be a Q&A session afterward.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated.

Nicholas Meyer on set with Leonard Nimoy during the shooting of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The photo is archived in the University of Iowa Libraries' Special Collections as part of a collection donated by Nicholas Meyer.

Leonard Nemoy and Nicholas Meyer on set during the shooting of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The photo is archived in the University of Iowa Libraries’ Special Collections as part of a collection donated by Nicholas Meyer.


Interim/Summer hours begin Sunday, May 15

The Hardin Library hours will be reduced for interim and summer beginning on Sunday, May 15.
Complete schedule of hours available online.  A 24-hour study is available when the library is closed.  Apply for access to the study at the reference desk.

photo by JanvanOosthuizen @pixabay

photo by JanvanOosthuizen @pixabay


Get ready for finals @Hardin Library | Therapy Dogs | Free Coffee |Free Popcorn |Later Hours

It’s crunch time.  What are you going to do to get ready for your finals?  Hardin Library can help.
1. Free coffee.
2. Free popcorn Friday and Saturday.
3. Visit therapy dogs on Friday!
4. Easy to schedule group study rooms.
5. Quiet computer lab: West Commons, 2nd Floor.
6. Entire quiet floor of study space: 4th Floor.
7. 24 hour study space when the library is closed.
8. Help!  Our desk is staffed whenever the library is open.
9. Color printing.
10. Longer hours: library open until Midnight Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.



Phil’s Day 2016 | Philanthropy @Hardin Library

Dr. John Martin

Dr. John Martin

Phil stands for philanthropy, and this year we celebrate on April 28.  Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and the John Martin Rare Book Room exist because of generous gifts.

The John Martin Rare Book Room was started with a gift of Dr. Martin’s extensive collection of 3000 original, historical medical books from the 15th Century-present day.  Dr. Martin also provided an endowment which helped further purchase new materials for the collection.  The collection now numbers approximately 6500 items.

Dr. Robert C. Hardin envisioned the need for a comprehensive campus medical library while he was Dean of the College of Medicine.  Dr. Hardin found donors to help with the construction of the Health Sciences Library.  A photographic history of the library is available online.

Gifts to the Hardin Library can also be used to pay for renovations like new study rooms, modern furniture, or new technology like the One Button Studio.

Financial support to the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences or the John Martin Rare Book Room should be donated via The University of Iowa Foundation.   You may also give financial support to Hardin Library online.




New Acquisition: Aristotle’s Compleat Masterpiece

Aristotle's Masterpiece Title

Newly acquired by the University of Iowa for the John Martin Rare Book Room, Aristotle’s Compleat Masterpiece and the other works included here — considered “the first sex manual in the English language” — were not, in fact, authored by Aristotle. Rather, attribution of the works to him was a way to gain an air of authority. The Masterpiece (“in three parts, displaying the secrets of nature in the generation of man”), was first published in 1684, reprinted with great frequency through the 17th and 18th centuries, and was still being printed in England in the 1930s. The edition here is from 1763. The first part covers anatomy, sex, virginity, marriage, pregnancy, midwifery; and religious warnings against polygamy and adultery. The second part continues with the processes of fertilization, pregnancy, infertility, failed pregnancies, and how the sex of the fetus can be determined.

Aristotle’s Compleat and Experience’d Midwife (this edition from about 1765) was an early manual of obstetrics and the disorders and diseases of women in pregnancy and childbirth. It was supposedly “translated” by popular author William Salmon. The Book of Problems (first published in 1595) was a series of questions and answers relating to natural history, rather than human reproduction. Aristotle’s Last Legacy was essentially a condensed version of the Masterpiece.

Come visit this book, or any other of over 6,500 items of antiquity and rarity, in the John Martin Rare Book Room!

Aristotle's Masterpiece Interior


Research Data Management Seminar | Thurs. April 21, 10:30-11:30am |sponsored by UI Libraries

Dr. Jeff de la Beaujadiere, Data Management Architect at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will be speaking about research data.  His talk: Open Data from NOAA and its Grantees will be held Thursday, April 21, from 10:30-11:30am in Room 348 (Illinois Room) of the Iowa Memorial Union.

An informal meet and greet and refreshments will follow.  Please register at

Detailed information about the presentation and Dr. Beaujadiere is available online. 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events.  If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact .