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Book Stacks

Rod Library maintains a collection of more than one million books, including textbooks, reference, and fiction -- one of the largest in Iowa.   You may be surprised at our selection of both classics AND new releases.

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Browsing Collection

The Browsing Collection provides a selection of recent and classic fiction, popular non-fiction, and literary journals.

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Career Collection

Do you need information to help choose a major or career? Resume writing and job interviewing information?  Rod Library maintains a dedicated room with resources for career-matching, resume building, and job-seeking.  

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CFPL@UNI Collection

The CFPL @ UNI Collection includes a selection of recently published works of fiction and non-fiction. It is a joint venture of the Cedar Falls Public Library and Rod Library. The Cedar Falls Public Library retains ownership of the collection.

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Digital Collections

Rod Library maintains a wide variety of digitized documents for use by researchers, including UNI Archives, selected student papers, yearbooks, and maps.

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Fine & Performing Arts Collection

The collection houses various print and non-print materials in art, design, music, and theatre. 

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Government Documents and Maps

Rod Library is a Congressionally mandated federal repository, and houses publicly-available government documents and books from both the United States and State of Iowa. 

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Microforms Collection

The MultiService Center desk administers the microfiche/microfilm collection and provides location assistance and help using the microform machines.  All microforms are stored in a set of metal cabinets located across from the MultiService Center. 

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The library subscribes to about 13 print newspapers including papers from selected Iowa and U.S. cities, as well as some international newspapers.

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Reference, Indexes & Abstracts

The Indexes & Abstracts Collection contains printed sources that list articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers. In UNISTAR, materials in the Indexes & Abstracts Collection are indicated with the location of UNI Index/Abstract.  This collection is located on the first floor of the library, at the end of the Bound Periodicals area.  The collection is non-circulating. 

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Rural Schools Collection

The UNI Museum maintains an extensive collection of photographs, documents, books, and other items related to America's rural schools experience.  

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Special Collections & University Archives

The Rod Library Special Collections and University Archives Division collects, preserves, and provides access to rare, valuable, and delicate collections of books, manuscripts, and institutional records.

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Video Collection

Videotapes and DVDs are found in four different locations in the building. 

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Youth Collection

The Youth Collection, designed for the adult study of children's and young adult literature, contains more than 20,000 trade books, related reference sources, and a growing number of materials in electronic formats.

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