We’ve just created a guide to help students more easily find a memoir that is meaningful to them in some way. Are you looking for a memoir of a person going through what you are? Someone that has completely different life experiences than you? Someone that has gone on a life-changing adventure? This has been an assignment over the years and we thought this would help students, and anybody else, looking for a good memoir.

Since this is a new guide, let us know what you think. Did you find something interesting? Do you have a suggestion for a great memoir that we missed?

How do you get to the new Memoir Guide? Click Memoir guide Or, you can get to it from the Library website, click Browse All Help Guides, then search for memoirs in the search box or click on the Guides for Courses tab and find Memoirs under that.

A few of the newer memoirs listed on the page are:

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On the Go? Got a Question? Text the Kirkwood Libraries!


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The library has recently added a new way for you to get in touch with a librarian, you can TEXT us!

Get in Touch With the Library Without Talking

The Kirkwood Libraries have long offered different ways to get in touch with us without talking. We also offer e-mail, chat, and will even answer questions from our Facebook page or on Twitter. We hope that our new text service will make it easier for you to ask quick questions on the go.

Text Us

To use it just send a text to:


Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Special access to COVID-19 academic resources



Many academic publishers have opened up selected resources for free access during the coronavirus pandemic. Here are some we’ve added to the Library website:

  • Internet Archives eBooks typically give readers access to the full content of a book. Users must create their own account, then they can check out or put a hold on a title they want to read. Internet Archive eBooks are currently searchable through our WorldCat Library search, along with all our other print books and eBooks.
  • MUSE In Focus: Contextualizing Pandemic is a collection of more than 25,000 eBooks and 300 scholarly journals that “bring some historical, cultural, and social context to the COVID-19 crisis”.
  • JSTOR free access to selected COVID-19-related articles. This large collection can be browsed by topic.

Follow the Library’s COVID-19 guide to keep up to date on any other additional resources that become available, and for information on the Library’s many subscription databases and eBooks that we continue to make available to our students, staff, and faculty.

Credo Instruct updates



Credo Instruct is a large collection of instructional videos, tutorials, and quizzes that we subscribe to at Kirkwood Library Services. Any Kirkwood faculty can link to these materials or embed them in your Talon-based courses to assign to students, or make available for student reference.

Recently Credo added some new videos and tutorials, and updated a few others:

New in Presenting Research and Data:

Updates in Citations and Academic Integrity:

New in Using Critical Thinking and Logic:

For a complete list of available videos, tutorials, and quizzes, as well as directions on how to embed any of them into your Talon courses, see the Library’s Faculty Services guide.

Sign Up for Kirk Alert UPDATED 2020



Whether it’s for winter blizzards and ice storms or summer tornadoes, the best way to keep up to date on campus closing or other dangers is through Kirk Alert. So if you haven’t yet, be sure to sign up to receive Kirk Alerts and get a warning if dangerous weather threatens the campus.

Even if you were PREVIOUSLY signed up for Kirk Alert the system changed this summer and old accounts were not transferred over. So you have to sign up again. For those of you who never signed up before, here’s your chance! (Note some of the information and text below came from a now changed page on the Kirkwood Community College website. I kept some of the text and updated the information.)

Kirk Alert

Kirkwood Alert is an alert system that allows Kirkwood to contact you during an emergency by sending text messages to your:

  • email account (school, work, home, other)
  • cell phone or pager
  • smartphone and handheld device

While Kirkwood Alert is a free service, your wireless carrier may charge you a fee to receive messages on your cellphone.

To Sign up go to:

On the main Kirk Alert page you may get details about signing up (under Opt In) and change or recover your password. Don’t lose the password so you can change settings as necessary.

Snow Delay Times

Kirkwood Community College has the option to start late (10 am), to cancel at noon, to cancel the entire day, or to cancel daytime classes and reopen for the evening depending on changing weather conditions. If we have a late start please don’t come to the campus until shortly before 10 am because staff use the time to clear parking lots and sidewalks and need the space empty to efficiently do their jobs.

Check this link for more on the weather delay set up.

More Details About Kirk Alert

Kirkwood Alert is a system used to send emergency alerts, notifications and updates to your:

  • email
  • text
  • voice

In the event of an emergency such as a tornado or other critical situation, Kirkwood will be able to send important alerts and updates right to your cell phone or mobile device. We will also be using Kirkwood Alert for school closing notifications.  All you have to do is sign up for a Kirkwood Alert account to be notified.

Each person may sign up for a Kirkwood Alert account. You can add multiple devices to a Kirkwood Alert account. Alerts will be sent to all of them. This service is available to students, parents, community partners–anyone who might need to know crucial information about the college.

If you think there may be an emergency, please also check normal sources of news and information in addition to waiting for a Kirk Alert.

Weather and any other campus closing emergencies will still be released to the various local news sources.

You may sign in now to update your contacts, or check out what the most recent Kirk Alerts have been.


Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Need some support? We ALL do! Check these out online!


Counselors will be offering Zoom Informational Sessions on Tuesdays throughout the semester, during activity hour beginning at 11:15 a.m. These sessions will be no longer than 45–50 minutes in length. One exception is the week before midterms, when sessions are offered Tuesday and Thursday.

The September schedule is as follows:

Mindfulness for Success in College

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
  • Hosted by Jacalyn McCarville and Mary Gesing
  • Participants will learn how incorporating mindfulness can help them create success in their college and personal life.
  • Zoom link:

Healthy Mental Health Strategies — The Four Ms

  • Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
  • Hosted by Angie Ziesman Weiler and Mary Gesing
  • Participants will learn how mindfulness, movement, mastery, and making meaningful connections can help them cope with stress.
  • Zoom link:

    GRIT 101 — Resilience Skills

  • Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
  • Hosted by Heidi Vogel and Jacalyn McCarville
  • Participants will learn the basics of GRIT (growth, resilience, instinct, tenacity), which helps students rise to a challenge, overcome adversity, and meet their goals.
  • Zoom link:

 And if your need is urgent:

If your need for assistance is more urgent, for yourself or someone you know, please be aware of the following community resources that are available 24/7:
·    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
·    Crisis Text Line
 Text HOME to 741741 anywhere in the US, 24/7
·    CR: Foundation 2 Crisis Line and Mobile Crisis Outreach
1-800-332-4224 – Local resource in Cedar Rapids
·    IC: Johnson County Crisis Center
1-855-325-4296 – Crisis Line1
1-855-800-1239 – Mobile Crisis Outreach Program
·    Your Life Iowa
Live chat online
Call: (855) 581-8111
Text: (855) 895-8398
·    Emergency?
Call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

Mary Gesing, Counseling Services

Websites That Can Help Replace Programs



Now is a great time to explore new programs and apps that can help make your life better. I’m linking to an article from a couple of years ago about:

12 Powerful Websites

There are many downloaded program/apps that can make your life easier, but sometimes you just don’t want a program taking up space on your computer OR you want a free option. This blog posts slideshow suggests 12 websites that take the place of common programs.

These websites might be able to make your life and school work easier. But remember online options only work if you have a good internet connection. Try them out and let us know what you think!

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


For Quiet Study and Zoom Rooms Fall 2020


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This fall has upended all our normal fall semester plans, including rooms for quiet study and to take a Zoom class. Watch for changes in the system.

Quiet Study Rooms

Quiet Study Rooms are space where students can go to find quiet space on campus to study. There is no reservation system and please respect room limits.

  • Library 
  • Allsopp Lab (Nielsen Hall) – has laptops, headphones and a separate space in back for noise control
  • Cedar Hall 2036 (10 students)
  • Cedar Hall 3027 (10 students)
  • Cedar Hall 3030 (10 students)
  • Benton Hall 318 (8 students)
  • Cedar Hall 325 (15 students)
  • Linn Hall 1128 Linn (13 students)
  • Parking Lot of the Rec Center (wifi accessible from your vehicle)

Single Occupancy Rooms for study

  • Cedar Hall 1054
  • Cedar Hall 1053
  • Cedar Hall 1040
  • Cedar Hall 1041
  • Cedar Hall 1044

Zoom Rooms

Zoom rooms are places that you may take a Zoom class. These rooms are different than those reserved for quiet study, but please be mindful of others in the space for volume and using a mic.

  • Library [by reservation only – Go to the library website , click on “Virtual Library Tour”, then “Study Space.” There is a link (the only hyperlink in the paragraph) under the photo of upstairs.]
  • Allsopp Lab (Nielsen Hall) – has laptops, headphones and a separate space in back for noise control.
  • Cedar Hall 3036 (10 students)
  • Cedar Hall 3038 (10 students)
  • Cedar Hall 3048 (10 students)
  • Benton Hall 322 (8 students)
  • Linn Hall 1134 Linn (15 students)
  • Parking Lot of the Rec Center (wifi accessible from your vehicle)

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Special Hours Around Labor Day


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Once again we’re almost to a holiday again. As always this means we have slight change in our regular hours. Also as you’ll hopefully seen we have changed our regular hours for this semester only.

Normal Hours This Semester Only

Iowa City should be keeping their regular hours except for being online only on Saturday.

  • Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Fri. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (online only, physical library closed)
  • Sun. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm (online only, physical library closed)

Cedar Rapid’s location will not be open extended hours Monday-Thursday.

  • Mon. – Thurs. 7:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Fri.  7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sat. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm (online only, physical library closed)
  • Sun. 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Labor Day Week Hours


Monday, August 31st – Thursday, September 3rd

7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, September 4th

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, September 5th


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, September 6th


Monday, September 7th


Tuesday, September 8th – Thursday, September 10th

7:30 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday, September 11th

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday, September 12th


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, September 13th

3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

UPDATED September 2 2020: I had the wrong times for Sunday on the basic hours list and I fixed them. Sorry.

Some Changes for Fall Semester 2020


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A Library Update:

With the public health concerns related to coronavirus, the library has made some changes to the services and resources available in person. However, we want you to know that we are still dedicated to providing high quality information resources, and excellent research help and information literacy instruction.


Research consultation appointments: Students and faculty may schedule an individual research consultation conducted via Zoom. More information and a link to the scheduling form can be found here: With or without an appointment, the library’s chat service has been enhanced with screen share and video chat.

Library hours have changed slightly, closing a little earlier, and offering only online help on Saturdays. Librarians are available during the fall semester:

  • Monday through Thursday 8am to 9pm (chat or in person)
  • Fridays 8am to 5pm (chat or in person)
  • Saturdays 10am to 4pm (chat only)
  • Sundays 3pm to 8pm (chat or in person)

Class instruction is still available: Librarians offer instructional sessions through Zoom. Contact us through email, chat, telephone, or online form to schedule your class. If you prefer, we can help curate a collection of online resources such as guides, videos, and tutorials for posting to Talon.

Course reserves suspended during pandemic: Frequent handling of materials on reserve is problematic due to the inability to sanitize some items, especially paper.

Use of print materials: Students and faculty will have access to the library’s print materials as usual.

Laptops: Laptops will not be available until the third week of September and then will only be available for 48 hour check out with NO renewals. These are set up to be short term and/or emergency use. Unfortunately at this point neither the library nor anyone else is doing long term laptop checkout.

Hotspots: The library will be checking out hot spots for the college. However, our supply is pretty limited. You may put a hold on the record and see if you get one.

Food: Food is no longer allowed in the library since you have to take off your mask to eat it.

K-Numbers: The college administration has asked us to keep a record of everyone going into and out of the library. This is only to be used if there needs to be a contact tracing from a positive COVID-19 case. Please have your k-number, either memorized or ready to read off your card when you enter and leave.

Study Rooms: The library is no longer going to be the place for groups to meet. The Cedar Rapids campus study rooms have been transformed into space for students to take Zoom classes. You may reserve them ahead or ask at the circulation desk if there are any available.

Print from Your Own Device: They have commandeered our normal self-printing printer for another spot on campus trying to make it easier for students to print with less congested areas. So we are directing in library print from your own device to BH_152B_5002 which is the copier closest to the reference desk.

Please keep an eye out for more changes and library news.

Thank you!

Kirkwood Library Services



Please contact the library if you have any questions:

  • Cedar Rapids Campus Reference Desk: 319-398-5697 or
  • Iowa City Campus Reference Desk: 319-887-3612 or
  • Chat at
  • Text a Librarian at 319-774-6491 (New service!)
  • Facebook Messenger @ Kirkwood Libraries