How Much Coffee? Make a Guess – Win a Mug!

How many cups of coffee will be made in the Engineering Library during Finals Week?
Make a guess & win an official Lichtenberger Engineering Library Travel Mug!!


Don’t forget we have extended hours!
Sunday, December 10th, from 2:00 p.m. to midnight
Monday through Thursday, December 11th through 14th, 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Friday, December 15th, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Post your guess on Facebook or Twitter by 6:00 p.m. on December 13th! Use #uienglibcoffee to post your guess! If your guess is the closest to how much we actually serve, you will win a new Lichtenberger Engineering Library travel mug! You don’t want to miss out on winning this amazing travel mug – be the envy of all your classmates!



Good Luck!!

Twitter: @UIEngLib
FB: UI Lichtenberger Engineering Library
Contest open to University of Iowa students, faculty and staff. Only one guess per person.

Extended Finals Week Hours!

It’s that time again – FINALS WEEK!


Are you finding that you are having trouble concentrating when you try and study in your room? Too many distractions? The couch and TV or gaming system just too close? Or that nice, soft, comfy bed? Let us help!


Extended Hours
Sunday, December 10th: 2:00 p.m. to Midnight
Monday, December 11th through Thursday, December 14th: 8:30 a.m. to Midnight
Friday, December 15th: 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th: Closed



And, to help you stay awake and focused – we’ll be providing FREE coffee, hot chocolate, and hot cider throughout the week (while supplies last!!)

Please bring your own mug – Mother Earth will thank you!

We have plenty of space for both individual and group study. We have 2 group study pods with white boards, and pod 1 has MediaScape®. Instructions for reserving the study pods are here on our webpage.


The Creative Space is also available for group or individual study! We have two 4-person collaboration tables with 43 inch (4K) quad monitors, 4 modeling stations, and 5 dry erase boards! There is room to spread out and work collaboratively on that final project!


And, don’t forget the lower level of the library is a dedicated quiet space! We have study carrels (with lights & electrical outlets), easy chairs, bean bag chairs, and gamer chairs. You’ll be able to find the perfect spot to focus and concentrate.



We also have tools and cables in the Tool Library. Need a calculator? You can check one out! And we have cables and chargers in case your laptop battery runs low!



Stress getting to you? Need a break to help clear your mind? We’ve got you covered there, too! We have Color by Number – Engineering Style grids, LEGOs®, and this year we have an augmented reality sand table! Perfect for giving your mind a break!


Come study with us – and GOOD LUCK!

Leonid Meteor Shower This Weekend!

It is November and that not only means Thanksgiving, it also means it is time for the Leonid Meteor Shower!


Modra Observatory of the 1998 Leonid meteor shower.

The meteor shower begins on November 5th and will continue through November 30th. But, the peak – ah, the peak – will be THIS WEEKEND – November 17th and 18th!

Other meteor showers may be more popular, but “. . . the Leonids of November are the most famous.” (Meteors and How to Observe Them). The Leonids can  be seen from nearly everywhere on Earth and has produced some of the most impressive meteor storms on record. The meteors seem to emanate from the constellation Leo, hence the name “Leonids.” They are formed when the earth moves through the orbit of the comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, which is a a small comet, roughly 2.2 miles across (It takes Tempel-Tuttle 33 years to orbit the sun once!). The rates at which meteors fall can range from around 15 meteors per hour to hundreds or thousands per hour (which happens every 33 years or so).  And, they are fast. They travel at 44 miles per second. The Leonids are also known for their fireballs and earthgrazer meteors. Fireballs are large explosions of light and color which can persist longer than an average meteor streak. A fireball comes from larger particles of the comet debris and are also brighter the average meteor streak. An earthgrazer is a meteor that streaks close to the horizon – they are known for their long and colorful tails. (Interesting fact: Tempel-Tuttle comet was discovered twice – independently – by Ernst Tempel in 1865 and Horace Tuttle in 1866.)

Confused about terminology? A meteor is a piece of stone or metallic material which burns up when it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. A meteoroid is a piece of stone or metallic material which is traveling through space. And, a meteorite is a meteor which doesn’t burn up before impacting Earth’s surface. A meteor shower is when dust or particles from asteroids or comets enter Earth’s atmosphere at a high rate of speed. When they hit the atmosphere, they heat up – which vaporizes most meteors – producing what we call shooting stars. Those particles of dust may be a small as a grain of sand or as large as a boulder! A meteor storm contains at least 1,000 meteors per hour. The term “meteor shower” was coined after astronomers’ observed an impressive Leonids meteors in 1833.


Want the best viewing experience? You won’t need those binoculars or telescope – the Leonids can be seen with the naked eye. The point from which the meteors originate (the constellation Leo) is called the radiant. NASA recommends looking outside the constellation – the meteors will appear longer and “more spectacular.”

Here are some other viewing tips: Try and find an area away from city lights – and come prepared with blankets or sleeping bags (November nights can be pretty cold!). Lie flat on your back, with your feet to the east and look up! It may take about 30 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness and then you’ll begin to see the meteors! The best time for viewing is late evening tonight, Friday, November 17 until dawn tomorrow – the 18th.

Cross your fingers for clear skies, grab your sleeping bag, a thermos of something hot, and get ready for a star-studded light show!!

Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Never let it fade away
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket
Save it for a rainy day

— written by Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss



Lunsford, Robert. 2009. Meteors and how to observe them. New York ; London : Springer.  Engineering Library QB743 .L86 2009

Meteors & Meteorites: Leonids.  NASA. Date Accessed 11/16/17

Adams, Dallon. November 15, 2017. Sky watchers, get your popcorn ready: A guide to the Leonid meteor shower.  Digital Trends.

And the answer is…  StarChild. High Energy Astrophysics Science Archive Research Center.  Astrophysics Science Division at NASA.

Meteor Showers and Shooting Stars: Formation, Facts and Discovery. June 9, 2017. > Skywatching.

Photo Credit:

Leonids Meteor Shower | 2017. Photo via Fun HeapSF

Research Spa Day! This Friday, Nov. 10, 2017!

A Research Spa Day!?
Yes, you read that correctly! A Research Spa Day!!


Learning about, and maintaining your scholarly profile doesn’t sound exactly relaxing, does it? But, our friendly and knowledgeable librarians are here to make that happen for you!

Join the University Libraries for a Spa Day this Friday, November 10 between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the blue and green group rooms of the Learning Commons. Booths will include Knowing Your Author Rights, How to Register for an ORCID ID, Placing Your Materials in the Institutional Repository, and Reading Scholarly Journals Through Apps.

Still not sure that sounds very relaxing? How about sipping flavored water and listening to relaxing music as our friendly, relaxed librarians help you maintain your scholarly profile? Sounds pretty nice, doesn’t it?

Mark your calendars now – this Friday – Research Spa Day! Main Library Learning Commons from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.