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Thanksgiving Week Building Hours

Rod Library's building hours during Thanksgiving week are:

  • November 22 - 24, Monday - Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 25, Thursday (Thanksgiving), Closed
  • November 26, Friday (University Holiday), Closed
  • November 27, Saturday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
  • November 28, Sunday, 12:00 noon - 12:00 midnight

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cedar Valley Hunger Games II

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Coffee and Tea Now Available

Green Mountain Coffee

Rod Library now offers you quality Green Mountain Coffee and tea in individual K-Cups just perfect for brewing a 10 oz cup of hot joe.  We have a lot of delicious flavors too!  Each K-Cup is $1.00.  Stop at the Multiservice Center on the first floor to purchase your K-Cup.  You can use your own cup or one of ours.  Enjoy!

Light Roasts:

  • Breakfast Blend
  • Caramel Vanilla Cream
  • Chocolate Glazed Donut
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Donut House
  • French Vanilla
  • Mocha Nut Fudge
  • Our Blend
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Rain Forest Nut
  • Southern Pecan

Medium Roasts:

  • Autumn Harvest Blend
  • Caribou Blend
  • Colombian Fair Trade

Dark Roasts:

  • Dark Magic
  • French Roast
  • Tully’s Italian Roast


  • Breakfast blend
  • Hazelnut
  • Vermont Country Blend


  • Earl Grey
  • Indian Chai
  • Mandarin Orange
  • Mango


Rod Library Tour (in English)

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New Coffee Service in the Library


Beginning at around 10:00 a.m. Monday Oct. 18th the Library will be offering free samples of Keurig coffee from our new coffee machine on the first floor of the library in the Newspaper Room.  Upon entering the building go down the main stairs, turn left at the bottom and follow the wall around to the Newspaper Room.

Free samples of a variety of coffee flavors will be available until the supply is gone.  After the free samples are gone you may purchase Keurig coffee K-Cups from the Multiservice Desk on the first floor for $1.00.  You may use the cup supplied or your own cup.


Building History: Rod Library at UNI

This video takes you through the building history of the Rod library at the University of Northern Iowa from its early beginnings in Seerley Hall to where it stands today. Special thanks to the Special Collections & University Archives at UNI.

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More Electrical Outlets to be Installed

Thursday, September 30th, UNI Physical Plant personnel will begin adding additional electrical outlets to the north end of the east wall on the first floor.  Currently only one outlet is available along this portion of the wall.  At the end of the project up to 11 outlets will be usable near the new bench furniture and a bit further south down the wall.

Physical Plant will also be adding power and hard-wired Web connections to the "space ship" study area in that same corner of the building.  You'll be able to plug in your laptop for charging and connect directly to the web.  Look for more information about our new "space ship" in an upcoming blog entry.

Because of the electrical work beginning Thursday there will be extra noise and a bit of dust in that corner of the first floor.  If you need help identifying another place to study please see the smiling folks at the Circulation Desk by the entrance.

Thanks for your patience while we improve our building!


New Comfy Study Furniture

Looking for a comfortable place to study in the Library?  Check out the new booth seating for your next group meeting or personal study time.  This seating area is found on the bottom floor of the building in the northeast corner, near the Current Periodicals.  The half-circle booths can accomodate as many as 7 or 8 people at one time.  This semester we hope to install more electrical outlets along this wall for laptops.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!


Three Ways to Find Journal Articles

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Rod Library Database Searches, E-mail Alerts, and RSS Feeds

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