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Main Library open on weekends

After listening to student input and carefully considering safety factors, University Libraries has announced the Main Library Learning Commons will be open on Saturdays 1-5pm and Sundays 1-10pm beginning Saturday, Oct. 3. Students, faculty, and staff can swipe in with a valid Iowa One Card at the north entrance. Please note that users will have access to the Learning Commons only. See hours for all seven campus libraries, as well as for library units such as Special Collections and the Main Library Gallery, at 

Increased monitoring for required face covering use

In response to student feedback and to help boost safety in our facilities, the Libraries is partnering with the UI’s Office of Student Accountability on a program to monitor the use of face coverings. Face coverings are required, even when sitting six or more feet from others in secluded areas of the library. Library users may remove face coverings only in designated enclosed spaces. Reserve personal, enclosed spaces at the Main Library (LIB), Hardin Library (HLHS), and other campus buildings at

Extended access to second and third floors at Main

Beginning October 12, users have access to the second and third floors of the Main Library from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm. Monday through Friday.  Previously, those floors closed at 6:00 pm on weekdays, limiting users to the Learning Commons during weekday evenings. Expanding hours of access to these spaces will allow users to practice safe social distancing as cooler weather and midterms increase library use.