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New, More Powerful Searching for Articles and More

Rod Library is now offering a new and improved method to find the information you need for your class assignments and research. Just use the "Articles" tab on the library home page to access the new, more powerful version of Panther Prowler.

When you try it out, you should notice right away that the top results are even more relevant to your search than before. This single, quick search finds the best information from almost all of the library's electronic journals and databases, as well as from the library catalog of books, DVDs, CDs, and other physical items.

(We believe everyone will benefit from the new Panther Prowler, but for a limited time, you can still access the old version here.)



Congrats to Graduating Rod Library Student Employees

Congratulations to Nicole, Kayla, Evan, Lauren, Jessica, Jackie, Alissa, Alison, Alexandra, Sarah, Brennan, Susanna, and Ashley who are graduating this spring or leaving to student teach!  These individuals have worked at Rod Library for a combined 29.5 years! 

The staff and faculty of Rod Library appreciate all their work and their dedication to the UNI community and wish them all the best as they begin the next phase of their lives.


Which Laptops and Study Rooms Are Available? Now You Know!

Have you ever wished you could find out if any laptops or study rooms were available BEFORE you made the long trek to the Library?  Now you can!

Located on our Services web page you'll find links to this information.

Using your desktop computer you can go to "Laptop Availability" and "Study Room Availability" web pages from our online catalog.

You can also access this information from our mobile website.  Just look for the same text on the mobile homepage. 

The information is updated in real-time, as rooms and laptops are checked out and returned.

Lobby Wall Coming Down!

Lobby wall

Big changes are coming to the Rod Library lobby area over spring break.  The picture here shows the wood paneled wall separating the lobby from the Reference Collection shelves.  Say goodbye to the wall!

Beginning Monday March 18 contractors from Waterloo will be removing this wall and patching the carpeting and columns for us.  This work will open up our lobby area more than ever.  The lobby will still have soft seating with tables and be a place for people to sit and work together, talk, or read.  After spring semester ends the area will be recarpeted too.  Eventually new furniture will be purchased but not this fiscal year.

The computer stations behind the wall will be relocated to another place on this floor.

During the construction next week there will be noise and a bit of dust in the lobby area.

Have a great Spring Break!

Posting Advertisements, Announcements, and Collection Boxes in the Library

Rod Library offers limited space for the UNI community to post UNI-related advertisements, announcements, and collection boxes.  We have an enclosed glass display case in the lobby for posters and announcements and some space in the lobby for banners and collection boxes.  In addition we offer space in up to 50 of our six-sided plastic table displayers in lieu of paper table tents.

Those interested in requesting the placement of collection boxes, table ads, banners, posters, etc., must be a UNI sponsored student or departmental organization.  Please review our policy for advertisements and announcements located on our website.

Please direct your questions and requests to the Dean's Office (room 211, 273-2737).  Thanks!

Building Hours During Winter Interim

The Library will have special hours during the winter interim.  Please see our hours page for all the details.  Happy Holidays!

Special Hours Now Through End of Finals

The Library will have extended hours to allow students extra time to study and work on projects in the building.  See our building hours page for the details!

Good luck, everyone!

Browsing Room Open for Business

The Browsing Room is open now for studying, browsing and relaxing.  Enjoy!

Browsing Room Closed During Thanksgiving Break

The Browsing Room will be closed during Thanksgiving Break to allow the electrical contractors to replace the light fixtures in that space. 

If you need a DVD or book from the Browsing Room during this time please see the helpful folks at the Circulation Desk.  They will be able to pull the items for you.

Thanks for your understanding!

Thanksgiving Week Building Hours

The Library will be open the following hours during Thanksgiving Break.

November 16, Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

November 17-18, Saturday - Sunday, Closed

November 19 - 21, Monday - Wednesday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

November 22 - 23, Thursday - Friday, Closed

November 24, Saturday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

November 25, Sunday, 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight

Happy Thanksgiving Break, everyone!


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