Plan your visit to the Main Library Gallery

The University of Iowa Libraries’ Main Library Gallery welcomes classes of all kinds.

University faculty are encouraged to incorporate current or upcoming Main Library Gallery exhibits into their course schedules.

This could include, among other things:

● Class visits as a group to view an exhibit

● Assigning students to visit the Gallery outside of class

● Scheduling a curator guided tour (as possible)

● Using exhibit catalogs and literature as reference material

Digital engagement will also be available for classes interested in the Sackner Archive exhibition if in-person visits are not possible.

Please book class visits at least 1 week in advance.
Contact us to include the Main Library Gallery in your course!


Small Group & Individual Visits During Fall 2020

The Main Library Gallery is also pleased to welcome small groups and individuals to view the current exhibition. During Fall 2020, visits to the Gallery are by appointment only due to COVID-19. Appointments are available Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm

Please book small group or individual visits approximately 3 days in advance.
Contact us to schedule your visit.

About the Gallery
Exhibits at the Main Library Gallery give the University of Iowa campus community and the general public access to the rich collections of the University of Iowa Libraries, including rare and historically significant items. From among treasures archived deep in University Libraries Special Collections, exhibit curators select unique objects, photos, papers, and books for each exhibition that tell fascinating stories about a range of topics. Additionally, visitors may also find carefully chosen artifacts and papers from partner institutions. The Main Library Gallery is a member of the American Alliance of Museums.

Fall 2020

The University of Iowa Libraries’ Main Library Gallery will offer in-person visits by appointment as well as online learning materials during the Fall 2020 semester.

Appointments are available Monday – Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm. 

How to Access Our Services

  • Class visits and individual/small group visits to the Main Library Gallery will be available by appointment. Anyone is welcome to book a visit.
  • Sara J. Pinkham, exhibition and engagement coordinator, can arrange in-person class visits tailored to meet instructors’ needs and can also provide support for students working on Gallery-related assignments. A selection of exhibition materials will also be available to view online.
  • Public programming will be offered online via Zoom, as applicable.

When You Visit the Main Library Gallery In-Person

  • Please be sure you have scheduled an appointment at least 1 week in advance if you are planning a class visit, particularly if you would like a guided visit with a curator. (Availability of guided visits depends on availability of staff.)
  • Please be sure you have scheduled an appointment at least 3 business days in advance if you are planning an individual or small group visit.
  • Wear a face covering and follow university COVID-19 guidelines.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be available in the North Lobby just outside of the Main Library Gallery: hand sanitizer, disposable masks.

COVID-19 Health & Safety Measures

Staff working on-site to provide any in-person services will follow proper social distancing and cleaning practices:

  • Staff will wear face coverings.
  • Any visitors will be asked to wear face coverings.
  • Measures will be taken to reduce or eliminate social contact in shared spaces.
  • Face coverings and hand sanitizer will be available to users visiting in person.

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Stay Informed

The above information is subject to change based upon demand, evolving pandemic-related policies on campus and in the Main Library, and other factors.

The Main Library Gallery will provide regular updates as needed regarding program offerings, events, and service changes via the Main Library Gallery website, University of Iowa Libraries social media, and the UI Events Calendar as applicable.

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UI Events Calendar