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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 (Gerald.Peterson@uni.edu).

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.