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Rod Library Special Collections welcomes donations of books, papers, and other media that are in keeping with its collection development policy and within the limits of its staff and spatial resources.

Of special value to the book collections are local historical materials, fine press books especially from Midwest printers, and classic fine printing.

University Archives
UNI publications, records of UNI student and faculty organizations and committees, office records, diaries, class notes, and photographs are all potential candidates for inclusion in the University Archives.

In the area of manuscripts, Special Collections seeks to build on its strengths in local political history and professional education associations.  But other kinds of collections will also be considered.

If you have material that you wish to donate, please visit with the Special Collections staff in the Rod Library, call (319-273-6307), or drop an E-mail to

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De-Stress With Us!

De-Stress With Us!

11/22/2016 - Finals week is coming. Worry and fear not, Rod Library is here to help you survive this stressful week. Come and de-stress with us! We have the Graffiti Wall for you to draw, doodle, write encouraging messages, and etc. from December 5th-16th.   To really relax, join us and ...Read more
Antique Word Games Night

Antique Word Games Night

11/21/2016 - Tired of sitting in front of a computer? Itching to focus on anything other than your finals? Join us in the UNI Special Collections (Rod Library, third floor) for two hours of historical word games, including Fictionary, “Animal, Vegetable, Mineral”, Doublets (a game invented by Alice in ...Read more
Rare Books "Petting Zoo"

Rare Books "Petting Zoo"

11/09/2016 - When was last time you touched a 15th century manuscript? Or traced the signature of Carl Sandburg? Or looked at early 1900s photographs of whaling ships through an antique stereopticon? Encounter the treasures from our Special Collections and Archives through an up-close, interactive exhibit ...Read more