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.