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Welcome to Special Collections

A guide to visiting the Special Collections department at the University of Iowa Libraries.

Message From the Outreach and Engagement Librarian

Elizabeth Riordan is the Outreach and Engagement Librarian for Special Collections. She is the lead instructor for the department, as well as the coordinator for groups who wish to visit Special Collections. Riordan also coordinates news that is shared on social media platforms, the department blog and monthly newsletter. She is available to work with faculty, student groups, researchers, and community groups to find ways to make Special Collections material accessible for projects and events.

  Outreach and Engagement

Throughout the year we offer exhibits, open houses, and lectures open to the public. We also work with your organization or club to put together an event featuring material of interest.

Join us the second Wednesday of the month for Iowa Bibliophiles, where we invite guest speakers to share an aspect of book history or collecting featuring their collections or materials from Special Collections. Find out more about Iowa Bibliophiles by checking out our website.

Also stay on top of events and other activities happening here in Special Collections by signing up for our newsletter!,