UI Libraries news and events


  • Emergency access to copyrighted books

    Effective immediately and until normal access to physical collections resumes, students, faculty, and staff at the University of Iowa have online access to a large portion of the University Libraries’ print collection—volumes […]

  • Preventing Zoombombing | Tips from Office of Teaching & Learning

    The Office of Teaching, Learning, and Technology provided several important privacy tips to prevent Zoom-based classes and meetings from being disrupted. Do not post the link to your Zoom meeting on social media. Instead, share the […]

  • 2020: The Year of the QuaranZINE

    The following is written by Rich Dana, Olson Graduate Research Assistant for Special Collections.  As librarians, we are engaged in service to our communities, and that service doesn’t end when the library has to lock its doors […]

  • UpToDate, DynaMed Plus, other clinical point-of-care mobile apps FREE from Hardin Library

    Hardin Library subscribes to a variety of clinical resources that include free mobile apps for UIowa affiliated users including faculty, staff, students, residents, fellows, and emeritus faculty.  Find instructions on  how to […]

  • Virtual Services from Scholarly Impact

    Although the campus libraries are closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of the Scholarly Impact Department are working remotely to assist UI faculty, staff, and students. Extensive resources and information about our […]

  • Color Your World!

    Looking for a relaxing, creative activity while social distancing? Does anyone in your household like to color? We have some of the best coloring pages around – and they are all FREE!!! If you go to InfoHawk+ – the University […]

  • Wulfie’s Guide to using the Music Library Online

    Greetings! Everyone’s favorite library staff member, Wulfie Parsons, is back to help you navigate online library resources. The Music Library in Voxman may be closed, the Music Library ONLINE is thriving and ready to help you with […]

  • Virtual Hours for UI Libraries

    Click here to see our VIRTUAL HOURS during the time of COVID-19.

  • Looking for Some Online Music & Video Entertainment?

    Need a break from all the usual streaming channels? We have access to online music and videos you can explore and enjoy!   Interested in music and the performing arts? Head over to this Alexander Street website for free access to […]

  • Engineering Library Closed to the Public

    You have probably heard by now that all University of Iowa Libraries–including the engineering library – closed at 5 pm on Tuesday, March 17 and will be closed through at least April 3.  We may not be physically in the […]

  • Chat and Email Reference Hours Available Specific Hours | 7 days per week

    Chat and email reference will be available while the Hardin Library is closed during specific hours: Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm Saturday & Sunday 1pm-5pm   All of Hardin’s staff are working remotely.  You may also contact […]

  • Interlibrary Loan Service Continues During Closing

    Interlibrary loan service and document delivery will continue while the University of Iowa Libraries are closed.  We will try to fill all of your requests electronically.  If you request a book, we will try to fill your request […]

  • Hardin Library and All University of Iowa Libraries CLOSED, Tuesday March 17-at least April 3

    All University of Iowa Libraries–including Hardin Library–closed at 6pm on Tuesday, March 17 through at least April 3.  The Hardin Library, The 24-hour study, and the Galleria (steps, study area, microwave) will all be […]

  • Cancelled | 2020 R. Palmer Howard History of Medicine Society Dinner | April 24 | Marie Jenkins Schwartz, Enslaved Women | Cancelled

    The University of Iowa History of Medicine Society and Hardin Library for the Health Sciences announce that the 2020 R. Palmer Howard Dinner scheduled for Friday, April 24 has been cancelled. The event will not be rescheduled.

  • Check Our E-Resources While You Are Away!

    Guest Blogger: Qianjin (Marina) Zhang You may be far from the UI campus during the foreseeable future, but we here at the Engineering Library continue to support your study through thousands of online resources! Here are highlights some of […]

  • Using Library Electronic Resources Off Campus

    REMOTE ACCESS TO LIBRARY RESOURCES Users can access resources by following these instructions:  ·         UI faculty and staff can prepare by setting up off-campus access to […]

  • The IWA Reading Room closed for COVID-19

    In response to COVID-19, the Iowa Women’s Archives’ reading room will closed for the time being. We encourage faculty, students, and the public to contact us by e-mail at lib-women@uiowa.edu, although reference services will be […]

  • Welcome to a SLIS Capstone Experience: A Mysterious Collection: Film Print-Block from Galena, Ill

    Welcome to a SLIS Capstone Experience: Mysterious Collection: Film Print-Block from Galena, Ill Coming into this project, I was faced with a significant challenge: I did not have a large data-set or previous research coming into my […]

  • National Worship of Tools Day!!

    Did you  know there is a Worship of Tools Day?! There is! And have we got the tools to help you celebrate!   Can you imagine a life without tools? We can’t, either! And, you don’t have to! We have a Tool Library with […]


    Spring Break Is Just Around the Corner!!     We will have shortened hours during spring break. Our hours will be: Sunday, March 15: CLOSED Monday, March 16: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday, March 17:8:30 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday, March […]

  • We’re Celebrating Pi Day!

    3.141 592 653 589 793 238 462 643 383 279 502 884 197 169 399 375 105 820 974 944 592 307 816 406 286…. We’re celebrating PI DAY on March 12th! 1:00 to 3:00 PM Seamans Center Student Commons FREE APPLE PIE BITES! (while […]

  • Coronavirus | COVID-19 | Guide to information sources | from Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

    Quickly find accurate and authoritative sources for coronavirus information for members of the public and general health care professionals with Hardin Library’s guide: https://guides.lib.uiowa.edu/coronavirus. This guide was […]

  • CANCELLED |2020 Open House | John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library | Black Plague | March 26

    The 2020 John Martin Rare Book Room Open House has been cancelled.  This event will not be rescheduled.   Please see our online exhibit: The Black Death: The Plague, 1331-1770

  • Yeast of the Dead (Part 1 of Rising Together: Yeast & Humankind)

    Ancient Egyptian rulers are famously known for their elaborate preparations for the afterlife. But it appears that one of their contemporaries may have exceeded their most ardent expectations to return to life, thanks to the efforts of a […]

  • Poster Creation! Learn & Create Workshop!

    Poster Creation! Tuesday, March 10th; 5:00 PM Engineering Library Creative Space   The Research Open House is coming up on April 2nd! Do you want your poster to stand out? Do you want it to clearly explain your research? Your poster […]

  • DIY History Reaches 100K Pages Transcribed!

    DIY History began as an online experiment in Spring 2011 with the Civil War Diaries and Letters Transcription Project, and quickly became a trove of local, national, and international artifacts made available and searchable online. As we […]

  • Katherine Johnson’s Legacy & Oral Histories

    As recognized through the book and movie Hidden Figures, Katherine Johnson was one of the first African American women to work at NASA as a human computer. Born in 1918, she attended a two-room […]

  • Martha Nash: An Iowa Advocate for Black Voices

    This post by IWA Student Specialist, Erik Henderson, is the fourth installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collections. The series has run weekly during Black History Month, and […]

  • Mattioli | Encyclopedia of Renaissance pharmacology | February 2020 Notes from the John Martin Rare Book Room @Hardin Library

    PIETRO ANDREA MATTIOLI (1500-1577) Commentarii, in libros sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbei, Demedica materia. In officina Erasmiana; Apud Vincentium Valgrisium 1554 [48] 707 [1] pp., illus. 31.5 cm. Mattioli of Siena studied medicine at […]

  • Virginia Harper and the Battle Against Highway 61

    This post by IWA Graduate Research Assistant Heather Cooper is the third installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collection. The series will continue weekly during Black History […]

  • Creating Citations! Learn & Create Workshop

    Creating Citations Quickly & Easily with Endnote Tuesday, March 3rd; 5:00 PM Engineering Library Creative Space     Please bring your laptop. You need to write a research paper. You aren’t looking forward to it. You […]

  • Learn & Create Standards Workshop!

    Standards: Guides and Regulations for Building and Testing Tuesday, February 25th; 5:00 PM Engineering Library Creative Space     From medical devices to concrete in walkways,standards are part of our everyday life. This workshop […]

  • Considering OER? Get Some Funding with OpenHawks!

    The Libraries are happy to announce our second round of OpenHawks funding, available to any faculty member or graduate student who is interested in using or developing Open Educational Resources (OER) for a UI course. If you are concerned […]

  • Iowa City Darwin Day 2020

    Iowa City Darwin Day, a grand celebration of science, will be held February 21-22 featuring speakers Carin Bondar, John Novembre, and Anya Prince. There will also be a talk by Elizabeth Yale “Illustrated Natural History in […]

  • Ellen Day Hale Paints Her Way into UI History

    Through some great research, our University Archivist David McCartney discovers some of the “unknown” facts that are part of new UI Presidential Portrait Gallery in the Main Library, as he explains below.  When the UI […]

  • Iowa Women of the Great Migration: The Maid Narratives

    This post by IWA Assistant Curator Janet Weaver and Graduate Research Assistant Heather Cooper is the second installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives’ collections. The series […]

  • Meet Jared: Business Library Student Employee and UI Libraries Scholarship Winner

    Meet Jared Bock: recipient of a Dale M. and Mary Gail Bentz Libraries Student Employee Scholarship “I chose Iowa because it is the perfect distance from home, has a beautiful campus, and offers a diverse array of programs and people. […]

  • Meet Natalie: Business Library Student Employee and UI Libraries Scholarship Winner

    Meet Natalie Boucher: recipient of a UI Libraries Student Employee Scholarship  “The University of Iowa has a great English program. Ultimately, though, I felt a deep sense of authenticity at the University of Iowa and knew this […]

  • Meet Ryan: Business Library Student Employee and UI Libraries Scholarship Winner

    Meet Ryan Greenough: recipient of a UI Libraries Student Employee Scholarship.  “I had an older brother who attended Tippie before I did, so I knew if I came to Iowa I would get a great education. I also loved the campus and […]

  • “The Desire for Freedom:” Early African American Settlers and Activists in Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Assistant, Heather Cooper, is the first of a series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives’ collections. The series will continue weekly during Black History month, and […]

  • Entrepreneurship Workshop

      The University of Iowa Libraries are proud to present: Entrepreneurship Workshop When: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020 Time: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm Where: 2520D UCC (University Capitol Center/Old Capitol Mall) Register: […]

  • Meet Lou: Business Library Student Employee and UI Libraries Scholarship Winner

    Meet Louis Barker Recipient of a Dale M. and Mary Gail Bentz Libraries Student Employee Scholarship  “At Iowa, I have a fantastic violin teacher who I knew would be dedicated to helping me develop both personal and professional […]

  • Business Library Student Employees Awarded UI Libraries Scholarships

    Four Business Library Student Employees have been awarded scholarships from the UI Libraries. Congratulations to the winners: Louis Barker, Ryan Greenough, Natalie Boucher, and Jared Bock.

  • 2020: The International Year of Plant Health

    2020 is the International Year of Plant Health according to the United Nations General Assembly. Our health and well-being as humans depends upon plants for nutrition, spices, medications, beauty in our gardens, oxygen to breathe, and […]

  • SciFinder-n Training

    SciFinder-n is the new interface for SciFinder, a searchable collection of chemical reactions, substances, and scientific literature used in chemistry, medicine, and related fields. SciFinder-n is mobile-friendly, offers more filter […]

  • BabelScores Now Available

    The Rita Benton Music Library now provides access to BabelScores, an online scores database of over 210,000 pages of contemporary music. The catalog features composers from around the world, related media (videos of performances, sound […]

  • Lanterns in their Hands: a look at a new exhibit and its curator

    In the darkness of these Midwest winter months, a new exhibit comes to our reading room to shed light on nine nearly forgotten Iowa women writers.  Lanterns in Their Hands: Nine Nearly Forgotten Iowa Women Writers was curated by […]

  • Supporting research & clinical practice with systematic review service

    By clinical education librarians at UI Libraries’ Hardin Library for the Health Sciences Jennifer DeBerg and Heather Healy Since 2011, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has provided a systematic review service to support […]

  • 2019: Rita Benton Music Library Year in Review

    2019 was a busy year for the Rita Benton Music Library at the University of Iowa. Here are a few highlights! January Student from Dr. Suhadolnik’s Fall 2018 American Music seminar mounted the exhibit, “Exploring Our Sounds: […]

  • Data Management Course for Researchers

    Got research data? Have you shared it? Other researchers, funders, publishers, and the public want to know: The public – A Pew research survey found that open access to data and independent review inspire more trust in research […]