Iowa Bibliophiles

Iowa BibliophilesEach meeting of the Iowa Bibliophiles has an invited guest speaking about an aspect of book history or collecting featuring their collections or materials from Special Collections. Coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 pm, with the evening’s talk starting at 7:00 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room. The Reading Room is on the third floor of the University of Iowa Main Library, at the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets, Iowa City. Meetings will generally last for an hour.

All meetings are free and open to the public.




The 2018-2019 Schedule:

September 2018 – “A Garden of Forking Paths: How to Read a Fifteenth-Century Venetian Herbal” with Dr. Sarah Kyle from University of Central Oklahoma

October 2018 – “Before Print: How Paris Became a Major Center for Book Publishing in the 12th-15th Centuries” with Dr. Katherine Tachau from the University of Iowa

November 2018 – “People and the Book: the Voices of Manuscripts from the Middle Ages” with Laura Light of Les Enluminures

December 2018 – “Scribe Notices, Up Close and Personal” with Cheryl Jacobsen from Center of the Book, University of Iowa

February 2019 –  “Development of the Eighteenth Century English Encyclopedia or Dictionary of the Arts and Sciences” with Arthur Bonfield

March 2019 – “The Publication History of the Tale of Peter Rabbit” with Lindsay Moen, Special Collections Librarian

April , 2019 – New Acquisitions Open House with Margaret Gamm and Special Collections staff

May 2019 –  Gallery Tour of the new Walt Whitman exhibit with curators Stephanie Blalock and James O’Neill




Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Elizabeth Riordan at in advance of the event.

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