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  • Books for 2020: unusual books for an unusual year

    2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least. A pandemic, murder hornets, an Iowa derecho, hurricanes, racial injustice, wildfires, and most recently a discovery on Venus that points to potential alien life. It is a lot to take in and it can be a relief to bury oneself in reading. What else could

  • Build Your Own Robot Workshop Postponed

      Building Your Own: Object Avoiding Robot Rescheduled for  Thursday, October 22nd at  3:30 PM   We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Build Your Own Object Avoiding Robot workshop has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 22nd at 3:30 PM.  During this workshop, you […]

  • Difficulty Using Resources Off Campus? | Use Firefox/Safari/Edge

    If you are having trouble accessing library resources while using the Chrome browser off campus, please try using a different web browser. Chrome is the most secure web browser, and some library resources do not yet comply with the latest changes.  You may receive “bad gateway” […]

  • NEW | Anatomage 3D Virtual Dissection Table

    The Hardin Library now has an Anatomage virtual anatomy dissection table available. The table is located near the service desk on the 3rd floor and is available to all users.     The Anatomage table is a fully segmented real human 3D anatomy system, and the table replicates […]

  • Fading Forms of Communication: Uncovering Civil War Stories from Anson Butler

    The following is written by Erik Henderson, Graduate Assistant for Iowa Women’s Archives As we have moved into the digital age, the value of handwritten letters has seemingly faded. Archival repositories nationwide are composed of letters because they once encompassed the most influential and […]

  • Nominate a librarian for Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence

    The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this prestigious award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions in the practice of librarianship, service to the […]

  • Reuben Gaines Memoir of Being Black in Buxton, Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Assistant, Erik Henderson, is the eighth installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collections. The series ran weekly during Black History Month, and will continue monthly for the remainder of 2020. The once […]

  • Hardin Library Open Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm | 24 Hour Study Available When Library is Closed

    The Hardin Library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6pm. Use your Iowa One Card or UIHC Badge to swipe in when the library is open. If you are not currently affiliated with The University of Iowa, you may use the library by appointment.  Please call 319-335-9151 to make an appointment. When […]

  • Rain, Rain, Go Away?

    Rain, Rain, Go Away? or Rain, Rain, Go Away? How about you come and stay?   Okay, we don’t really want the rain to come and stay, and stay, and stay . . .  But wouldn’t it be nice to have access to that rainwater when the rain does go away? And the sun comes out

  • Hardin Library Virtual Hours | 7 Days Per Week

    Hardin Library has extended hours where you can get virtual help via chat or email! Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm Friday 7:30am-6pm Saturday 1-5pm Sunday 1-9pm      

  • Find a comfortable place to study at the Sciences Library!

    Head to the Sciences Library for a comfortable, quiet place to study! We offer a variety of study spots. There are many computer stations, study carrels and booths with USB and outlets for phones and computers, tables, and large mobile monitors to use for sharing your computer screen. This year we […]

  • Research Scholar Workshop!

          We are excited to be offering a new group of workshops this fall! Our first workshop will be presented on Wednesday, Sept, 9th!   This one-hour workshops will be held on the 9th, at 3:30 pm on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to join these workshops from graduate students, Iowa […]

  • Remarkable Artistry: Sackner Archive in the Main Library Gallery

      The Main Library Gallery at the University of Iowa Libraries recently opened Sackner Archive, an exhibition featuring select pieces from the world-renowned Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.   Founded by Ruth and Marvin Sackner in 1979 in Miami Beach, Florida, the […]

  • Derecho Out of Iowa

    On Monday, August 10 many Iowans were left stunned by the ferocity and destruction left in the wake of a band of storms accompanied by straight-line winds that blew through the state with the force of a hurricane. But in the aftermath, media references to a “derecho” caused many of us […]

  • Overdue Interlibrary Loan?

          Have you gotten an overdue notice from InterLibrary Loan? There has been a glitch in the system! If you are unsure, log into your account to check. Feel free to email us ( with questions!!  

  • Welcome to Fall 2020!

    Whether your classes will be held in-person, virtually, or a combination of both – WE’RE HERE FOR YOU!! We have more online resources than you might realize – our website has tabs where you can access library guides, databases, information about patents & standards, and course […]

  • Reminder: Face Coverings Required

    The University of Iowa requires face coverings to be worn in all parts of campus. […]

  • First Annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon

    On Saturday, August 22, 2020, the University of Iowa Libraries will partner with national organizations to present the first annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon. During this four-hour online event, a diverse group of celebrities and Bradbury experts, including Peter Balestrieri, curator of science […]

  • Until Next Time

    First and foremost – I cannot begin to discuss this project without thanking Nikki White MLIS and Stephanie Blalock PhD MLIS for their incredible mentorship, support and instruction over this past summer semester. The genesis for this project began with the title – The Midwest is Easy […]

  • Learning About Communicating Complex Information Visually

    My summer project as part of the Digital Studio aimed to compile and present information about the US immigration and visa system that will serve as a a backdrop to my research on how immigrants understand and navigate the restrictions attached to visa statuses. You can read more about this in my […]

  • Connected by sound in isolation

    At the summer’s start, my scholarship was, as was everyone’s, utterly unmoored by the abrupt and brutal rise of the pandemic. In addition to the impact Covid-19 had on the day-to-day logistics of my project—conducting and recording interviews, chief among them—it also […]

  • Archiving Paradise

    When Peabody Coal “hauled” the small town of Paradise, Kentucky away, I hadn’t been born yet. But my life and the lives of all Kentuckians are often landmarked by loss–in many cases, before we’re born. The folks that come into being in coal country come into this world […]

  • Virtual exhibition: ‘The Pull of Horses’

    While The Pull of Horses on National and Local Histories and Identities, curated by Dr. Kim Marra and Mark Anderson, is no longer on display in the Main Library Gallery, a virtual celebration of the Spring 2020 exhibition is available online! Learn more about the exhibit here, and find a link […]

  • …Eight Weeks Later…

    At the beginning of my Digital Studio Summer Fellowship, I felt a bit lost. My dissertation—an animal history of Chicago centered on the ways human-animal relationships drove urbanization at the turn of the century—seemed clear enough. Then COVID-19 threw a major pathogenic wrench into […]

  • The Pain of Exile: A Final Reflection

    Writing in 1931, the great doctor and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer said that pain ‘is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death himself.’ Since then, medical technology to treat pain has developed from anesthetics to analgesics, the latter known colloquially as […]

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