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Welcome to Special Collections

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

We are located in Iowa City, IA on the third floor of the Main Library: Map

For information on parking, please consult the Library's Parking webpage.

We are generally open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm. We are open Tuesdays from 10am to 7pm. Check specific dates to see if we will be open when you plan to visit.


  Where to use your requested materials

Materials in Special Collections are available for the research needs of students, faculty and staff of the University, and the general public. All materials are housed in a controlled environment and, generally, can only be used in either the Special Collections or Iowa Women's Archives reading rooms.


  How to use your requested items in the Reading Room

Researchers will be required to present proper identification and must abide by Special Collections and Iowa Women's Archives policies and procedures.

We have many unique, rare, and old items. To help preserve them for as long as possible so as many researchers as possible can use them, we have a few basic handling rules. This list is not exhaustive, though, and you should review the policies and procedures in their entirety.

  • No food, outside paper, pens, coats, or bags are allowed.
  • Keep materials on the table. We move people, not books or papers.
  • Be gentle when handling materials, but you can touch them (except in rare cases where staff may have to handle for you).
  • Do not write on top of the materials.
  • Only take notes with pencils.