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Thanksgiving Hours @Hardin Library

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences will be closed Thursday, November 28-Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving holiday.

The library will be open 10am-2pm on Saturday, November 30, and Noon-Midnight on Sunday, December 1.

picture of pumpkin pie

photo by browniesfordinner@flickr


Visit therapy dogs @Hardin Library Friday 5:30pm-8pm

Visit 3 therapy dogs Friday, December 13.  The dogs will be at Hardin Library, Room 401 from 5:30pm-8pm.

pix of therapy dogIf you are coming from the East Campus, take the Pentacrest Bus to the VA Loop or Newton Road Ramp to get to the Hardin Library.


Veterans Day, Monday November 11 – Library is Open

Veterans_Day_2013Veterans Day, Monday November 11, is a U.S. holiday. The University of Iowa Libraries will be open regular hours on Veterans Day.

For information on services available to UI student veterans see



For information on the history of Veterans Day see





Video : Hardin Librarians teach how to use Twitter professionally

Eric Rumsey and Xiaomei Gu were featured on Daily Iowan TV teaching a class on using Twitter professionally:

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Open Access Week : October 21-27

Open Access makes scholarship more accessible.  Celebrate Open Access Week with our activities including a lecture and panel discussion: 

What is Open Access?

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers.
(from A Very Brief Introduction to OA by Peter Suber)

How to Get Help With Fees

To encourage the University community to publish their research in Open Access platforms, the Office of the Provost and University Libraries have established a fund to pay the processing fees related to open access publishing.

What if I have more questions?

Contact Janna Lawrence, Assistant Director, Hardin Library.

Does Iowa have an institutional repository?

Yes:  Iowa Research Online.



Affordable Care Act – Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 1

At the 2013  American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and WebJunction, a program of OCLC, to assure that librarians have the information and connections with local experts needed to
connect their customers to information about the Health Insurance Marketplace when open enrollment begins October 1, 2013.

The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences is collaborating with the State Library of Iowa on a series of webinars and training sessions held throughout the state for Iowa librarians.  Another result of the collaboration is the creation of a website entitled “Public Libraries, Affordable Care Act & Health Information Marketplace” at that provides key resources on understanding the Healthcare Marketplace for librarians and consumers


Univ. of Iowa College of Medicine Historical Photographs

University of Iowa College of Medicine Historical Photograhs are now available through the Iowa Digital Library.  The collection includes 194 images from 1844-2010.  The collection is a composite of several collections held at the Hardin Library including two boxes of lantern glass slides from ca. 1910.  The original slides are now housed in the University Archives.  Work to document and compile these images has been active in the Rare Book Room since 2012.  It is with great pleasure that we can now make these images broadly available.

Donna Hirst, Curator
John Martin Rare Book Room   June 26, 2013
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Philanthropy Day: Hardin Library construction funded through gifts and NIH grant

Hardin at opening 1974


Hardin Library for the Health Sciences opened in 1974.  The building was designed by Walter Netsch, and was  funded by $1.4 million in  gifts and a National Institute of Health grant for $2.3 million.

The John Martin Rare Book Room was started by a generous donation of books and funding from Dr. John Martin.

See History of the Hardin Library for more pictures and information about the library.

If you would like to donate to our library, you may do so online.


Happy Match Day to Carver College of Medicine Students!

Congrats CCOM Graduates!!!Today is Match Day. This is the day when 4th year medical students find out which programs they have matched with and where they will be starting their residencies. If you’d like to learn more, the Carver College of Medicine has a map showing where students headed last year along with other data from previous years on their Match Week website.

To all of our M4′s, good luck in your future endeavors and congratulations from all of us at Hardin Library!



Update iPhone/iPad/iTouch software immediately if you use Exchange email or calendars

 On Tuesday, 2/19, Apple released update 6.1.2 that reportedly fixes the issues that iOS 6.1 devices were causing with Exchange. 

ITS strongly encourages iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to update their devices as soon as possible.  See for instructions on updating your device.