• Local Libraries LIT welcomes Ann Patchett for free virtual event

    Local Libraries LIT (Listen, Initiate, Talk), a collaboration between Johnson County libraries, will welcome author Ann Patchett on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. for a free online reading and conversation. This is the sixth virtual author event in the series offered by public libraries in Johnson […]

  • Celebrating 55 years of international writers at Iowa in the Main Library Gallery

    After nearly three years of research and planning, A Hub, a Network, an Archive: 55 Years of International Writers in Iowa City is now open in the Main Library Gallery. The exhibition tells the story of the International Writing Program’s genesis, its role in cultural diplomacy, and Iowa City as […]

  • Libraries partner with City of Literature for ‘Stories from Ukraine’ project

    Local libraries are teaming up with the Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature to celebrate Ukraine during the week of June 13. The “Stories from Ukraine” project is a series of videos that offer a chance for viewers to better understand Ukraine, its rich culture, and its people. The project is a […]

  • “Success!!” George Ludwig and the Explorer I Satellite

    The current Main Library Gallery exhibit, We Are Hawkeyes: Celebrating 175 Years of Student Life at the University of Iowa, provides a glimpse into many facets of campus life over the decades. Part of the exhibition focuses on the scholarly achievements of Iowa students. An ordinary-looking […]

  • Raising Our Voices: A Legacy of Student Protest

    While the 1960s and early 1970s are remembered for protests against the Vietnam War and other injustices, campus was not quiet in the decades that followed. Students have always used their voices to advocate for change at the University of Iowa, and continue to do so. One section of the Spring 2022 […]

  • Herky: A Brief Origin Story

    Hatched in 1948 by University of Iowa journalism professor Dick Spencer III, Herky has evolved much over the last several decades. One thing remains the same, however: our mascot is beloved by the campus community and far beyond. An original drawing of Herky by Spencer is on display in the Main […]

  • A Dorm Room, ca. 1975 with David McCartney

    By Sara J. Pinkham A bright lava lamp in the front display case of the Main Library Gallery serves as a beacon, inviting library patrons to examine the plenitude of nostalgic objects just on the other side of the glass window. Records lean against a speaker and fan out over a record player’s […]


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