Reference Guide

The staff of Special Collections & University Archives offers reference services based on the resources in our collections to all interested patrons, including University of Iowa faculty, staff and students, as well as the general public. We provide access to research materials and consult on the direction that research projects might take, and we are pleased to share any knowledge we have regarding other institutions and their collections.

To use our collections in person, please visit us on the third floor of the Main Library on the University of Iowa campus. You can also request reference assistance by emailing us, filling out our online reference form, or by calling us at 319-335-5921. You may also contact individual staff members directly.

See also our Resources for Researching Historical Primary Materials page.

We welcome invitations from instructors who wish to have their classes visit the Department for one or more sessions, and we are pleased to collaborate on projects or assignments that require use of rare books or manuscripts.