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Guide to the University of Iowa Libraries: Campus Libraries

Guide to the University of Iowa Libraries for new students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
Visit our Eight Campus Locations!

The University of Iowa Libraries consists of EIGHT campus locations. Each library has specific collections and materials specific to the needs of students and faculty within the colleges and departments they serve. 

Use the list on the left to navigate to the library you want to learn more about. You can also click through to view pictures of each library's different spaces and areas. 

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screenshot showing an image of the Main Library on the campus map.

Main Library and the Learning Commons

The Main Library is located at 125 W Washington St and is the central hub of learning and research for the areas of Humanities and Social Sciences. Located in the Main Library are the 24/5 Learning Commons with flexible group learning spaces and individual study areas. 


Photo collage of Learning Common spaces

The Learning Commons located on the 1st floor in the Main Library offers a variety of study spaces, both for groups and individual study. Featuring moveable furniture, plenty of electrical outlets, and large sized monitors to work productively and collaboratively. 

Photo of Learning Commons furniture and seating area

Find comfortable seating for both study and rest in between classes.

image of the new book displays in learning commons

Check out New Books and Titles!

image of The Perch space where you can access current news magazines, newspapers, and literary journals

The Perch is a new space located in the Main Library that features current newspapers, magazines, and literary journals to stay up to date on the latest commentary and headlines on important matters. 

Learn more about The Perch at and see what titles we have available!

Lichtenberger Engineering Library

Image of the exterior of the Engineering Library in the Seaman's center.

Lichtenberger Engineering Library located at 103 South Capital St. in the Seamans Center right across the street from the Main Library, serves students and faculty in the College of Engineering. 

Picture of a student trying on the Oculus rift

The Engineering Library also houses a unique "tool library" where you can check out computer equipment, like Raspberry Pi boards, power tools, 3D cameras, and more for specialized project needs. The tool library also has virtual reality and augmented reality such as the Oculus Rift shown here. 

Picture of furniture seating in the Engineering Library around the virtual fireplace

The Engineering Library also has several areas that offer comfortable seating and studying. Stop and check out the "virtual fireplace"!

Sciences Library

The Sciences Library is located between Philips Hall and the Biology Building on Iowa Ave. and serves the research needs of science majors and faculty and staff in the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Physics and Mathematics. 

Image of tables and chairs in the study area near bookstacks in the Sciences library

At the Sciences Library you will find a variety of learning and study spaces designed with your needs in mind. Find study carrels and booths equipped with USB outlets, computer stations, and large mobile monitors for screen sharing. 

Large table with dry erase board at the Sciences library

Meeting with a large group? The Sciences Library also have larger elongated tables when you're working in a group and dry erase boards for visualizing those formulas!

Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library

Exterior image of the Pappajohn Business Building where the Business Library is located.

The Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library is located within the Pappajohn Business Building and serves students and faculty in the College of Business. 

Picture of the Biz Hub study spaces

The Biz Hub in the Business Library offers plenty of group and individual study spaces. You'll find plenty of seating in this uniquely designed space. 

Image of the Biz Hub study cozies in the Business Library

These study cozies offer comfortable and private spaces for individualized study. 

Art Library

Exterior shot of the Art Library extending over the pond in the Art Building West

The Art Library is located in the Art Building West (ABW) right across the river from the main campus and serves students and faculty in School of Art and Art History. Overlooking the pond, the Art Library provides scenic views while studying and working on projects. 

Rita Benton Music Library

Exterior shot of the Voxman Music Building which houses the Music Library

The Rita Benton Music Library is located in the Voxman Music Building on E. Burlington St. and serves students, faculty, and staff in the School of Music. Aside from books and articles, you can find musical scores and composition, vinyl records, CDs, albums, and more. Located in the Music Library is the Canter Rare Book Room which contains 3,000 books and music scores, as well as cylinder recordings and a phonograph player. 

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

Exterior shot of Hardin Library

Located on Newton Road, north of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a 1/2 mile east of Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences serves the information and research needs of the University of Iowa Colleges of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (including related allied-health education programs), and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. 

You can read more about visiting Hardin Library by going to their visitor guide at 

Law Library

Exterior image of the Law Library housed in the Boyd Law Building

The Law Library is located in the Boyd Law Building (BLB) on Byington Rd. and serves students and faculty in the College of Law. The Law Library operates separately from the other campus libraries, but students and faculty may still visit their spaces. They provide legal and legally related materials, such as journals, e-journals, and electronic resources that support the research and teaching activities of the University of Iowa community. 

Picture of stacks in the Law Library