Iowa Bibliophiles

Iowa BibliophilesEach meeting of the Iowa Bibliophiles has an invited guest speaking about an aspect of book history or collecting featuring their collections or materials from Special Collections. Coffee and light refreshments will be available beginning at 6:30 pm, with the evening’s talk starting at 7:00 pm in the Special Collections Reading Room. The Reading Room is on the third floor of the University of Iowa Main Library, at the corner of Madison and Burlington Streets, Iowa City. Meetings will generally last for an hour.

All meetings are free and open to the public.

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2021-2022 Schedule (More details about each talk to come)

September 2021 – “The Why, How, What, and Result of Almost 65 Years of Rare Book Collecting” with Arthur Bonfield, the Allan D. Vestal Chair, University of Iowa School of Law

October 2021 – “I know what you bought last summer” with rare book dealer Pat Olson

November 2021 – “Morris at Iowa: The William Morris Archive and the Kelmscott Press” with Professor Florence Boos and Professor Kim Maher

December 2021 Special Gallery Tour of the “From Revolutionary Outcast to a Man of God: Dostoevsky at 200” exhibit with curator Dr. Anna Barker

February 2022–“Hidden Collections: Artist Books in Spanish and South American Indigenous Languages” with Karen Carcia and Julie Leonard, faculty from UICB

March 2022-“Pop Ups and Movables in Books Are Older Than You Think” with book artist and Adjunct Assistant Professor for UICB Emily Martin from Center for the Book

April 2022 No meeting

May 2022New Acquisitions to Special Collections & Archives with Curator Eric Ensley





Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Elizabeth Riordan at in advance of the event.

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