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Library Dean on Iowa Public Radio

Library Dean Chris Cox will be on "Talk of Iowa" on Iowa Public Radio at 10am on Tuesday, July 29th.  He will be joined by the library deans at Iowa and Iowa State to discuss the changes and trends in academic libraries. 

Tune in here tomorrow!


Current Library Space and Noise Levels

The library is a pretty big building and with recent construction projects, it's easy to get confused.  Did you ever wonder if we'll shush you?  You might be surprised by the answer.  Let us tell you more about our current library space!

1st Floor (Noise Level: Usually Pretty LOW)

  • Museum Exhibit
  • Government Documents
  • Periodicals & Newspapers
  • Vending Machines

2nd Floor (Noise Level: HIGH)

  • Learning Commons
    • Digital Media Hub and Production Rooms
    • Cafe
    • Collaborative study spaces and booths
  • Service Desks (Reference, Circulation, and MSC)
  • Browsing Room

3rd Floor (Noise Level: MEDIUM)

  • Stacks Collection
  • Youth Collection
  • Special Collections and University Archives
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Liberal Arts Core

4th Floor (Noise Level: LOW)

  • Designated Quiet Floor
  • Only floor you will get shushed
  • Stacks Collection
  • Video Collection
  • Fine and Performing Arts Collection

 


Library Digital Collections

Did you know...

That the library has digital collections fo you to use?  These collections include digitized information about Iowa, the Cedar Valley, and UNI  So, if you've ever wondered about living in Iowa during the Civil War or what the UNI campus looked like through the year, give the digital collections a look.

A sample of the collections available on our digital collections site:

To see all of the collections available, click on "Collections" on the main library page or go here.


Rod Library FAQ

Have you ever wondered if the library has color printing or if the library has a laptop that you could borrow?  You can either ask a librarian OR you can use the library's FAQ system! 

To find the library's FAQ, you can go to the Ask Us! link on the library's homepage located on the left-hand side of the page or by going here.  We are continually adding to the question bank.  If you ask a question that we haven't answered yet, you can request a follow-up email for your question. 

 


Memorial Day Weekend Hours

The library will have the following schedule of hours this weekend:

Friday, May 23, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 24, Closed

Sunday, May 25, Closed

Monday, May 26, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 

Have a great weekend!


Library videos have moved

To make room for the government documents moving to the first floor, the video collection that was housed on the first floor has now moved to the fourth floor to the shelving on the west side of the building (i.e., Campanile side).  If you need assistance locating this collection, please stop by a service desk.  We'd be happy to help!


Extended Library Hours for Finals

Finals week extended hours begin tonight!! 

April 30-May 1st: 7am-2am

Friday, May 2: 7am-Midnight

Saturday, May 3: 9am-Midnight

Sunday, May 4: 9am-2am

May 5-6: 7am-2am

Wednesday, May 7: 7am-Midnight

Thursday, May 8: 7am-9pm

Friday, May 9: 7am-5pm

Good luck on finals may the odds be ever in your favor!


Library De-stressing Activities During Finals

The library is providing several activities during finals week to help you de-stress!

Tuesday, April 29th-Friday, May 2nd

  • Stress free zones with puzzles, coloring books, games, and more!
  • Graffiti Wall located on the main floor of the library.  Take a break from studying and draw a quick picture!

Saturday, May 3rd-Sunday May 4th

  • Stress free zones
  • Graffiti Wall
  • Free fruit and snacks in the library lobby

Monday, May 5th

Tuesday, May 6th

Wednesday, May 7th

  • Stress free zones
  • Graffiti Wall
  • Free fruit and snacks in the library lobby
  • P.E.T.P.A.L.S. (Therapy Dogs) in the library from 1:00-2:30pm
  • Chair massages from 5-8pm

Thursday, May 8th


Learning Commons Open House: April 16th

Come join us at Rod Library four Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday, April 16th from 3-5pm.  Come learn about what the new Learning Commons and Digital Media Hub have to offer and how to use the new technology.  There will be free food, fun and prizes.  Door prizes will be given every 15 minutes and there will be a grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire.

You can also take a peek at where the new cafe will be going as well as the second entrance!

Stop by and see the space!


National Library Week: April 13-April 19, 2014

Lives Change @ Your Library: Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19

This week, Rod Library joins libraries in schools, campuses, and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians, and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources.  Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

The Rod Library is celebrating National Library Week by:

  • Trivia in the Union. Monday-Wednesday from 1-2pm
  • Search for Intelligent Life. Monday-Friday. Pull out your favorite book and be on the lookout for library staff across campus awarding readers with prizes.
  • New Museum exhibit. The Sacred and Secular exhibit examines the multiple roles that art plays in African cultures. 
  • Learning Commons Open House on Wednesday from 3pm-5pm.  Stop by and see the new space, services and technology you can use.  Free food and prizes, including a grand prize of a Kindle Fire, will be provided.
  • For more updates and information of events going on this week, check our social media sites:

For more information, visit the Rod Library or see our website at www.library.uni.edu.


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