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General Use and Service Policies

Students, faculty, researchers, and members of the community are welcome to use most Special Collections and University Archives material. However, that material must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Most material may be photocopied or scanned subject always to donor restrictions, copyright law, and the condition of the material. The reading room has convenient electrical outlets for laptop computers and scanners.

Patrons may conduct their own research by using material in the Archives reference area near the east end of the reading room. Copies of UNI student newspapers, yearbooks, catalogues, budgets, alumni magazines, and an information file are located in this area.

Special Collections staff provides service:

  • by telephone (319-273-6307);
  • by mail (Special Collections, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa, 1227 W. 27th Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613);
  • and by Email (

In the case of quick fact-checking, the forms of communication noted above may be sufficient. However, a personal visit generally produces the most satisfactory results for all but the most basic research.

Need research help? Ask us!

Fall and Spring Semester
Mon - Thurs 10am - 7:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 2:30 - 4:30pm and 6 - 8:30pm
Summer Session
Mon - Thurs 9am - 5pm and 6 - 7:30pm
Friday 9am - 4:30pm
Sunday 2:30 - 4:30pm and 6 - 7:30pm 
Hours are reduced during interims.

Call us at the Information Desk - (319) 273-2838, Or text message us at (319) 250-4100.

Fall and Spring Semester
Mon - Thurs 7:30am - Midnight
Friday 7:30am - 7pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday Noon - Midnight
Summer Session
Mon - Fri 7:30am - 5pm
Hours are reduced during interims.

The Research Desk is located on the main floor of Rod Library, near the Book Bistro.  Reference librarians staff the desk during the hours below.  You can also schedule a consultation if you need extensive assistance.

Fall and Spring Semester
Mon - Thurs 9 am - 7:50 pm
Friday 9am - 4:50pm
Sunday 2:00 - 4:50 pm and 6 - 8:50 pm
Summer Session
Monday - Friday 12 pm - 4:50 pm
Hours are reduced during interims.

A reference librarian will reply to your inquiry within two business days  (when classes are in session).

Search our archives of questions from library visitors