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Change in Opening Hours

Beginning Monday, November 12, the Library will open at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Please check our Building Hours page for our complete schedule.


Light Fixture Upgrade Begins Tuesday

Beginning Tuesday, October 16, the Library's light fixtures on the first, second, and third floors will receive an upgrade. 

As of July 14, 2012, the Department of Energy mandated the production of T12 lamps (bulbs) will be phased out.  The fixtures on the first three floors of the building use T12 lamps.  The project beginning Tuesday will replace the ballasts, bulbs, and light covers for all T12 fixtures in the building and replace them with T8 components.  At the end of the project the Library's lighting will be more consistent through the building and slightly brighter.

In order for this work to take place banks of lights will be turned off for periods of time during the day hours.  Your favorite study location may have dim lighting at some point.  Please see the friendly folks at the Circulation Desk if you need assistance locating a different location to study.

They will begin on the second floor on Tuesday.

Thanks for your patience!


Welcome to Dean of Library Services Chris Cox!

Chris Cox

Welcome to our new Dean of Library Services, Chris Cox!  Dean Cox began work at the Library on Monday August 27th. 

Many thanks to our Acting Dean, Katherine Martin, for her leadership and service in this position this past year.  She returns to her full duties now as Head of the Collection Management and Special Services Department.


Student Computer Center Closed in Library

The Student Computer Center located on the first floor of the Library will no longer be open for use.  To locate another computer center on campus see the list of centers on the ITS website. 

Remember, Microsoft Office products are loaded on all public computers in the Library for your convenience.


Christopher Cox Appointed Dean of Library Services

Yesterday Provost Dr. Gloria Gibson announced that Mr. Christopher Cox has accepted the position of Dean of Library Services at Rod Library.  He will begin his new appointment August 27, 2012.  Rod Library's faculty and staff are excited to have Mr. Cox join our faculty and we welcome him to the Cedar Valley!


Memorial Day Weekend Hours

The Library's hours this weekend will be:

  • Friday, May 25: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 28, Memorial Day: Closed

Thank you to the brave men and women who are currently serving our country or have served our country in the past!


Carpet Work Begins in Reference

Stained old carpeting

Beginning Monday morning, May 21, the computers in the five east/west rows of computer desks in the Electronic Resource Area on second floor will be unavailable in order to allow us to replace the carpeting under the desks.  We are excited about this project.  This area is one of the most used areas of the building, and the stained and worn carpeting shows how popular it is.

Electronic Resource Area

The computers in the rows running north and south behind the Reference Desk and the clusters of computers on all floors will still be available for use next week.  Please see the helpful folks at the Circulation Desk or the Reference Desk if you need help locating a computer to use for your research.

Thanks for your patience as we continue to improve our building!


Building Hours for Spring Finals

The Library will begin its Finals Week building hours schedule Wednesday, April 25.  Our hours will be as follows:

April 25 - 26, Wednesday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

April 27, Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
April 28, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
April 29, Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

April 30 - May 1, Monday - Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

May 2, Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
May 3, Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
May 4, Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Good luck with your finals!


Rod Library E-Book and Printed Book Survey

Rod Library wants to hear your ideas about printed/paper books and electronic books (e-books). A survey will be conducted from Monday, April 16 through Tuesday, May 1, to learn the UNI community's preferences for printed/paper books or e-books. The survey will be online (http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FCJ8Q5YLV) and printed copies may be found in the library lobby. For more information, email Leila Rod-Welch (Leila.rod-welch@uni.edu).


EBSCO Databases Available Again

EBSCO has resolved the problem we experienced yesterday with their databases.  The EBSCO databases are available again!


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