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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.

View more Rod Library YouTube videos at Rod Library Video Playlist.

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

View more Rod Library YouTube videos at Rod Library Video Playlist.

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

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Interim Building Hours

Summer session ends July 30th.  We'll have a few weeks of interim building hours before the fall semester begins August 23rd. 

July 31 - August 1, Saturday - Sunday, Closed
August 2 - 6, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
August 7 - 8, Saturday - Sunday, Closed
August 9 - 13, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
August 14 - 15, Saturday - Sunday, Closed
August 16 - 20, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
August 21, Saturday, 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
August 22, Sunday, 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m.
August 23, Monday, Fall Semester 2010 Commences

Web Site Change Coming Next Week

New design

Next Tuesday the look of the Library's Web site will change slightly to take on a design that is more in line with the University's homepage.  No content will be moved; only the top of the pages and the menus will look different.  Click on the thumbnail to see a preview.

Library Reducing Energy Costs

Work will begin in the Library May 20th to reduce the level of lighting in specific parts of our building.  We'll be disabling some ceiling light panels, resulting in an alternating off/on pattern.  This on/off pattern has been in place for many, many years on most of the third floor and has been a great success.  Applying this pattern to the fourth floor, and a few other locations in the building, will save energy and reduce our energy costs.  

In addition, we'll be adding daylight sensors to the light fixtures around the perimeter of each floor.  These sensors will turn on the perimeter lights when it senses the light level coming through the windows has decreased and will turn off the lights when the light level outside is high.

We'll also be replacing some high-wattage fixtures on the second and third floors.

In order for this work to continue portions of our building will have reduced lighting at different times during the day.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you need assistance finding a different location to study, or if you need help locating materials in an affected area, please contact the Circulation Desk on the second floor.  The work should be completed by early July. 

Thank you for your patience!

Mobile Library Web Site

Mobile site

The Library's Web site has gone mobile!  Check out our new beta mobile Web site on your mobile device.  We are in the beginning stages of developing the site.  If you have suggestions for content that you would like to be able to access with your mobile device let us know!

Watch for more information and another opportunity to share your ideas this summer!

Printer Friendly Pages

Want to print out a page from Rod Library's Web site but don't want all the extra stuff, like menus, to appear on the printout?  Now you can!  On each Web page on our site, excluding the homepage, you'll now find a new feature called "Printer-Friendly Pages".   The link will appear on the right side of each page.

Printer friendly icon

Clicking on that link will open a new window with a version of the Web page that is more printer-friendly.

An added feature is the ability to "Display link URLs as footnotes".  Click on that link to display the URLs of all the hyperlinks on the page as a footnote at the bottom.  This could come in mighty handy for content rich pages such as those in the Special Collections (for historical essays) and Library Instruction (for subject guides, etc.) sections.

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