UI Libraries news and events


  • Listening to Muhammad Ali, 53 years later

    It’s been over fifty-three years since Muhammad Ali spoke to a full house in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus, but thanks to the Darwin Turner Audio Collection (and a grant to digitize this collection), anyone […]

  • New eBooks in ClinicalKey Including Critical Care, Pain, Oncology, Viral Outbreaks

    Brand-new titles now available electronically in ClinicalKey.  All of these are the first edition of this title. Surgery of the Salivary Glands (Witt) Breast Cancer and Gynecological Cancer Rehabilitation (Cristian) Pediatric […]

  • Medical Arts: Teaching Art History Through The John Martin Rare Book Room – Video of Talk by Vero Rose Smith

    Watch a recording of Vero Rose Smith’s talk on November 11, 2020 Medical Arts: Teaching Art History Through The John Martin Rare Book Room For the past eight years, students enrolled in art history and studio arts courses explored […]

  • Potential COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Know

    Potential COVID-19 Vaccines: What to Know Two vaccines have shown great promise recently to be successful against COVID-19. Pfizer and Moderna have reported that their vaccines showed close to 95% efficacy in their recent vaccine trials. […]

  • Shortened Hours During Thanksgiving Break!

      Monday – Tuesday November 23rd – 24th In-person & Virtually: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM   CLOSED Wednesday – Sunday November 25th – 29th   REOPEN 8:30 AM Monday, November 30th      

  • Thanksgiving Break Hours @Hardin Library

    The Hardin Library will have different hours during the Thanksgiving Break holiday. The 24-hour study will be available when the library is closed. Saturday, November 21 Virtual help available 1pm-5pm Sunday, November 22 Virtual help […]

  • Szathmary inspiration for the perfect slice of pie

    Our Archives Assistant Denise Anderson explored the Szathmary collection to create the perfect cherry pie. Below is the recipe, along with Denise’s step-by-step guide on what she did to create what is sure to be the best dessert at […]

  • Engineering Library Closed 11/13/2020

      The Engineering Library will be closed today, Friday, November 13, 2020. We will reopen on Monday, November 16th at 8:30 AM Our Live Chat will be available until 6:00 PM today and you may email us at lib-engineering@uiowa.edu if you […]

  • Tidying Up Your Research Data!

          Tidying Up Your Research Data with Good Practices Have you ever had a messy computer desktop? Have you ever had trouble finding your research data in a computer directory? Have you ever had a nightmare of recalling […]

  • Political Cartoons: A “Darling” Reminder to Vote

    The following post comes from Olson Graduate Assistant Rachel Miller-Haughton. Political cartoons are more fraught and relevant today than ever. The New York Times ended their political cartoons in July 2019, after they pulled an image […]

  • A Special Collections Graduate Assistant Remembers Marvin Sackner

    The following blog is written by Rich Dana, Olson Graduate Assistant in Special Collections.  Dr. Marvin Sackner passed away on September 29th. A national leader in the field of pulmonology and an inventor of innovative medical […]

  • Iowa Rocks!

    Iowa is not known for having an especially dramatic landscape. But in fact there are many hidden gems to be found in this particular plot of so-called flyover country. Among them is Wildcat Den State Park in southeastern Iowa. According to […]

  • Sci-Fi Flix: Fact or Fiction?

    SCI-FI FLIX! FACTS OR FICTION? Come Join Us And Discover the Truth!     You are watching the latest Sci-Fi movie and something happens and you know that it is impossible. And you really want to talk about how impossible it […]

  • It’s Open Access Week!

      It’s Open Access Week! So, what exactly does that mean? Open Access (OA) refers to the free, online availability of research articles. That helps researchers so they don’t hit a paywall – suddenly get to a point in […]

  • Cloth or Disposable Masks Required as of Friday, October 23

    Effective Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, the university will no longer allow gaiters or face shields (when worn without a mask) as appropriate face coverings. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear face masks in all university […]

  • From Alabama to the Barrio: Ernest Rodriguez and the Fight Against Racism in Iowa

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

  • In Memory of Dr. Marvin Sackner

    The following was written by International Dada Curator Timothy Shipe It is with profound sorrow that we note the passing of Dr. Marvin Sackner on Tuesday, September 29 at age 88, just a few weeks after the opening of this exhibition. For […]

  • AAPT Book Archive collection: one-year trial access

    The UI Libraries has free trial access to the AAPT Book Archive collection for one year. The AAPT Book Archive collection includes 34 titles originally published in print between 1977 and 2017. In partnership with the American Association […]

  • New York Times | Full Access to Current Content Provided By Libraries

    Keep current on news with the New York Times.  The University of Iowa Libraries provides access online https://www.nytimes.com/ to: All content 1980-present Mini crossword Off-campus users may access 5 articles per day from 1923-1980 […]

  • It’s Leaf-Peeping Season!

    It’s fall! Don’t miss the trees turning those gorgeous colors!     The days are shorter and cooler and the trees are changing colors. Beautiful deep reds, oranges, and vibrant yellows…. So, how does that […]

  • Girls In Aviation Day 2020!

      This Saturday, September 26th is Girls In Aviation Day! “Flying is so much more than just a quick way to traverse space. It’s freedom and color and form and style. I am at home in the air.” Amelia Earhart, Feb. 7, […]

  • Red, Orange, Yellow: The Science of Fall Foliage

    The autumnal equinox occurred on Tuesday, September 22 this year. This marks the turning point when the sun passes over the Earth’s equator, and the hours of daylight and night are close to equal. From this point on, the hours of […]

  • Lost Item Email

    Have you received an email indicating you are being billed for a lost item? Don’t panic! The Library system has had the email notification system turned off until a few days ago. Because the library has been closed to the public for […]

  • Call for Nominations for Libraries’ Excellence Award

    The University Libraries is seeking nominations for the Arthur Benton University Librarian’s Award for Excellence. Funded by a generous endowment, this award acknowledges a library staff member’s professional contributions in […]

  • Books for 2020: unusual books for an unusual year

    2020 has been an unusual year, to say the least. A pandemic, murder hornets, an Iowa derecho, hurricanes, racial injustice, wildfires, and most recently a discovery on Venus that points to potential alien life. It is a lot to take in and […]

  • Build Your Own Robot Workshop Postponed

      Building Your Own: Object Avoiding Robot Rescheduled for  Thursday, October 22nd at  3:30 PM   We apologize for any inconvenience, but the Build Your Own Object Avoiding Robot workshop has been rescheduled for […]

  • Difficulty Using Resources Off Campus? | Use Firefox/Safari/Edge

    If you are having trouble accessing library resources while using the Chrome browser off campus, please try using a different web browser. Chrome is the most secure web browser, and some library resources do not yet comply with the latest […]

  • NEW | Anatomage 3D Virtual Dissection Table

    The Hardin Library now has an Anatomage virtual anatomy dissection table available. The table is located near the service desk on the 3rd floor and is available to all users.     The Anatomage table is a fully segmented real […]

  • Fading Forms of Communication: Uncovering Civil War Stories from Anson Butler

    The following is written by Erik Henderson, Graduate Assistant for Iowa Women’s Archives As we have moved into the digital age, the value of handwritten letters has seemingly faded. Archival repositories nationwide are composed of […]

  • Reuben Gaines Memoir of Being Black in Buxton, Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Assistant, Erik Henderson, is the eighth installment in our series highlighting African American history in the Iowa Women’s Archives collections. The series ran weekly during Black History Month, and […]

  • Hardin Library Open Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm | 24 Hour Study Available When Library is Closed

    The Hardin Library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30am-6pm. Use your Iowa One Card or UIHC Badge to swipe in when the library is open. If you are not currently affiliated with The University of Iowa, you may use the library by […]

  • Rain, Rain, Go Away?

    Rain, Rain, Go Away? or Rain, Rain, Go Away? How about you come and stay?   Okay, we don’t really want the rain to come and stay, and stay, and stay . . .  But wouldn’t it be nice to have access to that rainwater when […]

  • Hardin Library Virtual Hours | 7 Days Per Week

    Hardin Library has extended hours where you can get virtual help via chat or email! Monday-Thursday 7:30am-9pm Friday 7:30am-6pm Saturday 1-5pm Sunday 1-9pm      

  • Find a comfortable place to study at the Sciences Library!

    Head to the Sciences Library for a comfortable, quiet place to study! We offer a variety of study spots. There are many computer stations, study carrels and booths with USB and outlets for phones and computers, tables, and large mobile […]

  • Derecho Out of Iowa

    On Monday, August 10 many Iowans were left stunned by the ferocity and destruction left in the wake of a band of storms accompanied by straight-line winds that blew through the state with the force of a hurricane. But in the aftermath, […]

  • Reminder: Face Coverings Required

    The University of Iowa requires face coverings to be worn in all parts of campus. […]

  • First Annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon

    On Saturday, August 22, 2020, the University of Iowa Libraries will partner with national organizations to present the first annual Ray Bradbury Read-A-Thon. During this four-hour online event, a diverse group of celebrities and Bradbury […]

  • Until Next Time

    First and foremost – I cannot begin to discuss this project without thanking Nikki White MLIS and Stephanie Blalock PhD MLIS for their incredible mentorship, support and instruction over this past summer semester. The genesis for […]

  • Learning About Communicating Complex Information Visually

    My summer project as part of the Digital Studio aimed to compile and present information about the US immigration and visa system that will serve as a a backdrop to my research on how immigrants understand and navigate the restrictions […]

  • Connected by sound in isolation

    At the summer’s start, my scholarship was, as was everyone’s, utterly unmoored by the abrupt and brutal rise of the pandemic. In addition to the impact Covid-19 had on the day-to-day logistics of my project—conducting and […]

  • Archiving Paradise

    When Peabody Coal “hauled” the small town of Paradise, Kentucky away, I hadn’t been born yet. But my life and the lives of all Kentuckians are often landmarked by loss–in many cases, before we’re born. The […]

  • Wülfie’s Guide to the Music Library: 2020 Edition

    In the summer of 2018, the Rita Benton Music Library “adopted” Wülfie Parsons, who belonged previously to Dr. Donna Parsons. Wülfie’s knows that this year will be quite different for Hawkeye students, so […]

  • …Eight Weeks Later…

    At the beginning of my Digital Studio Summer Fellowship, I felt a bit lost. My dissertation—an animal history of Chicago centered on the ways human-animal relationships drove urbanization at the turn of the century—seemed clear […]

  • The Pain of Exile: A Final Reflection

    Writing in 1931, the great doctor and humanitarian Albert Schweitzer said that pain ‘is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death himself.’ Since then, medical technology to treat pain has developed from anesthetics to […]

  • Changes in Libraries’ services and hours

    When campus libraries reopen on Aug. 17, services will resume in phases. To begin the semester, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Main Library, and the Sciences Library will allow building access […]

  • Creative Coding and Reparations: A Final Reflection

    There is a question I’ve continually returned to over the past eight weeks. What is the relationship between the past and the present? When someone thinks of reparations, the first question that might come to mind could be, what is […]

  • My Experiences with the Summer Digital Fellowship

    For my summer digital fellowship, I proposed to work on my research – “gender differences in imprisonment with an analysis of state-level and overtime data.” In this blog posting, I would like to share my experiences and […]

  • The Preservation Student Staff Remote Work Experience Spring/Summer 2020

    As part time interim Preservation Processing Coordinator in the UI Libraries Preservation Department, one of my main duties is to supervise the student staff who do the day to day marking work for new acquisitions and items that need to be […]

  • Before the Vote: Black Women’s Political Activism in Iowa

    This post by IWA Graduate Research Assistant Heather Cooper is the seventh installment in our series highlighting African American history in the collections of Iowa Women’s Archives and other local repositories. The series ran […]

  • Reflecting on the experience of creating a visual argument

    Humanities scholars traditionally explain their arguments through text written form, and they use visual effects as evidence to support the written argument. Nathan Yau argues that […]