Do You Know About Our Film Databases?


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Did you know that your library now provides access for faculty, staff, and students to two film databases? Kanopy Streaming Video was added in the summer of 2015, while Films on Demand was added in the fall of 2016. Both services provide streaming videos that can be shown in a classroom, watched from home (accessed using K# and password), or even embedded in Talon. Public performance rights are even provided through these two databases.

kanopyKanopy offers “titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, California Newsreel, New Day Films, Universal Paramount, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, Media Education Foundation and more.” Films on Demand provides Kirkwood access to their Master Academic Package, Master Career & Tech Ed, Archival Films & Newsreels Collection, Nursing Collection, World Cinema Collection,  Veterinary Collection and Physical Therapy Collection.

films-on-demandHowever, if you search both databases and cannot find what you need, please let a librarian know. We are glad to purchase a copy that will be housed with the library collection and added to Kirkwood’s “Video on Demand” system provided through Media Services.


Do you know about these services available around campus? (Note: It was updated a couple of times since it was originally published most recently February 14, 2017.)

Our trials for Credo and Global Road Warrior still have a week or so yet. Do you have an assignment where your students have to investigate or compare countries? Would Global Road Warrior help with that? Have a project where a specialized encyclopedia could help clarify things to students with Credo? Please look at the sources and let us know if they’d help your students succeed.

It’s Tax time again. Get some basic information.

Look for our annual faculty survey to come out the last week of March. Find our report from last year.

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:



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Very Short Introduction Series


HiSet Formerly GED

Replacements for COMPASS

Our Special Display This Month

During February our displays are for African-American History Month and Books with Movie Tie-Ins


During Spring Break Week, both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Library locations will be closed the Sunday before and the Saturday after and be open 8am – 5 pm Monday thru Friday.

Tech Tips

Digital Natives? and Information Literacy

Want a Specialized LibGuide for an assignment to help your students find stuff?

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Want to schedule time in the library or for us to come into your class?

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What if the library doesn’t have a book you want?

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And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter. And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.

New Books: Presidents 2017


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From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list. Today we are sharing titles that have entered our collection this year that have to do with Presidents in honor of Washington’s Birthday, the official name of the holiday.

These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Also, check out our posts from Presidents Day 2013, and Presidents Day 2015 especially where did Presidents Day come from and is it all the fault of a cat?

Call Number: 352.23 B348a Title: The American Vice Presidency: From the Shadow to the Spotlight Authors: Jody C. Baumgartner with Thomas F. Crumblin

Call Number: 973.09 W932p Title: The Presidential Quiz Book Author: Fred L. Worth

Call Number: 973.099 F299a Title: Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barak Obama Author: Ronald L. Feinman

Call Number: 973.51 M182k Title: James Madison: A Biography Author: Ralph Ketcham

Call Number: 973.92 H279e Title: The Effective Presidency: Lessons On Leadership From John F. Kennedy To Barack Obama (2nd ed.) Author: Erwin C. Hargrove

And enjoy some extra information from the archives about George Washington, whose birthday is the approximated each year as the holiday (it moves to stay on Monday).

And FYI if you ever get asked about the holiday:

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New Books: Holocaust 2017


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Every year the Thaler Fund donates money for books about the Holocaust to the Kirkwood Community College Library.  This is a local fund managed by the Temple Judah of Cedar Rapids. According to their website the Thaler fund was created and endowed by Dr. David and Joan Thaler: “to keep alive the memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust and to combat the propaganda of those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened by supporting a continuing course of study about the Holocaust at Coe College, Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood Community College.” The fund also brings Yom Hashoah speakers to Cedar Rapids each year.

Call Number: Oversize 365.45 K629g Title: Gulag: Life and Death Inside the Soviet Concentration Camps Author: Tomasz Kizny

Call Number: 305.892 W322o Title: On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War Author: Bernard Wasserstein

Call Number: 909.08 C753r Title: Reflections on a Ravaged Century Author: Robert Conquest

Call Number: 940.53 G878g Title: Golden Harvest Author: Jan Tomasz Gross

Call Number: 940.53 J597 Title: Jews in Nazi Berlin: From Kristallnacht to Liberation Editors: Beate Meyer, Hermann Simon, and Chana Schutz

Call Number: 940.53 S345p Title: The Promise Authors: Eva Schloss and Barbara Powers

Call Number: 940.53 W361 Title: We Are Children Just the Same: Vedem, The Secret Magazine by the Boys of Terezin Authors: Marie Rut Krizkova, Kurt Jiri Kotouc, and Zdenek Ornest

Call Number: 940.531 F499gh Title: The Holocaust Industry: Reflections and on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering Author: Norman G. Finkelstein

Call Number: 943.086 E928t Title: The Third Reich in History and Memory Author: Richard J. Evans

Call Number: 967.571 K236i Title: Inside the Hotel Rwanda: The Surprising True Story….And Why it Matters Today Authors: Edouard Kaythura and Kerry Aukus

Thaler in Iowa City

Call Number: 943 F529h Title: The History of an Obsession: German Judeophobia and the Holocaust Author: Klaus P. Fischer

Call Number: 956.62 A313s Title: A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility Author: Taner Akcam

On Topic But Not From Thaler

Call Number: CL 943.0086 F853w Title: We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Author: Russell Freedman

Call Number: 341.6 M153n Title: Nazis After Hitler: How Perpetrators of the Holocaust Cheated Justice and Truth Author: Donald M. McKale

Find Lists From Previous Years

The donations started before these lists, but we started doing blog posts of lists in 2011.

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New Books: Business 2016


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Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to post from time to time a collection of books recently added to our collection on a particular topic. This time’s subject is business. Whether you’re interested in managing your own money or making it in business check one of these out. These are just a scattering of what we’ve gotten lately. Look for one the next time you stop by the library. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 006.301 K174h Title: Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Author: Jerry Kaplan

Call Number: 158.5 V969n Title: Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Authors: Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Call Number: 332.4 W561n Title: Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters Author: Charles Wheelan

Call Number: 338.064 A281s Title: The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation Authors: Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker

Call Number: 338.476 M471e Title: The End of Detroit: How the Big Three Lost Their Grip on the American Car Market Author: Micheline Maynard

Call Number: 346.73 S822L 2015 Title: Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business (14th ed) Author: Fred S. Steingold

Call Number: 364.16 S426s Title: Scammed: Learn from the Biggest Consumer and Money Frauds How Not to Be a Victim Author: Ginig Graham Scott

Call Number: 331.13 F711r Title: Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future Author: Martin Ford

Call Number: 332.4 W561n Title: Naked Money: A Revealing Look at What It Is and Why It Matters Author: Charles Wheelan

Call Number: 609 B513m Title: The Myths of Innovation Author: Scott Berkun

Call Number: 650.1 K921i Title: It’s Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace Author: Anne Kreamer

Call Number: 658.1 P152s 2016 Title: The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide Author: Peri H. Pakroo

Call Number: 658.1 P152w Title: The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide (4th ed) Author: Peri Pakroo

Call Number: 658.4 P485t Title: The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great Authors: Joel Peterson with David A. Kaplan

Call Number: 791.43 L668t Title: To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History Author: Lawrence Levy

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Tax Time 2017 for Iowa Taxpayers


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Every year the West Des Moines Public Library does an awesome job putting together a resource on where to find all the information you need about tax forms for both federal and Iowa taxes. The only things that are really different here at Kirkwood is we do NOT carry ANY paper tax forms at either Kirkwood library branch. Also if you have a tax form you need from Kirkwood, it will be available on Eaglenet, but before it will show up you’ll have to fill out the consent form saying you agree to them making it available electronically. If you don’t the form will be mailed to you as a paper copy.


General Tax Forms, Iowa and Federal

Find links for forms, addresses, etc. here (updated Jan. 2017):

Or in PDF form here:

Reminder: The Iowa Department of Revenue has done away with the Iowa Short Form. Both individual tax payers and corporations now have to use what was previously referred to as the long form.

NOTE: Direct deposit is no long available for refunds if you file Iowa state paper tax returns.

Other tips and helpful information for filing Iowa taxes:

Also, check the definitions of these basic tax terms:



The Kirkwood Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site will be open February 1 through April 15, 2017. Appointments are required. Request an appointment at or leave a voice message at 319-398-5899, ext. 4521. Find them in Nielsen Hall room 119.


      Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m.

      Thursdays from 3-6 p.m.

      Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Kirkwood VITA does NOT complete complicated returns that include self-employment income, extensive tax credits, stock sales, non-resident returns or other tax issues that require major documentation or tax research.

Income Tax Forms for F1 Visa Students

All non-resident F1 visa holders are required to file both 1040NR and the 8843 forms. Even if you did not earn any wages, these forms still must be completed. Click on and  to download and print the forms.

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Info to Know Spring 2017


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Here is a collection of information about things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!

You have to learn to speak the language of college, but you don’t have to start out knowing it.

Classes that start 1/17 and end 5/12:
last day to drop is Friday, April 21
last day for 100% refund is 1/23
last day for 50% refund is 1/30


Here is a collection of information about things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!


Check out some words of advice from the U.S. Department of Education:

Find some books to help you find your footing as a student or graduate here:

Want some tools to hack college? Check out these websites.


Learn more about it here: To add a course, if the class has not met yet students can call One Stop.  For any class that has met, students will need to fill out a form. Get the form from the department’s office and ask them about the particular class. For the first week you just need the instructor’s signature. The following week you also need the Dean’s. For Distance Learning classes in general check this page.

Students may drop classes through Eaglenet until the last day set on the academic calendar each semester.

Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Kirkwood no longer gives a full refund to students who both drop a class and add a class in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – Kirkwood refunds 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes. Find Full Refund Policy:


Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name. Set up an appointment to talk to them about your schedule and your overall path through your program. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center at (319) 398-5540. Find answers to basic questions about class scheduling type issues here and here.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is never allowed on campus without special written permission.


There is only one ATM available on the Cedar Rapids campus. It’s located near the cafeteria by Student Life and the US Bank campus branch. On the Iowa City campus there is one available next to the One Stop Office.

Book List of Textbooks

There are two ways to find your list of textbooks required for your classes. The simplest way is go directly to and sign in with k number and password. You can check the list online or print out a hard copy.

You can also access it through Eaglenet
1. Log into Eaglenet
2. Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academic Profile
3. Select term from Drop Down menu and click on Submit
4. Click on “Click here to access Booklist”
5. A second tab will pop up and ask you to log in with your k-number and password
6. This will generate a list for all your classes. They are very brief entries but will give you an abbreviated title, ISBN, and which class it’s for.

Books The Library Doesn’t Own

The library doesn’t collect textbooks (scroll to textbooks below), but for any other type of book we’ll be glad to try to help you get a copy. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.

Book Return – Library

On the Cedar Rapids campus you can return books in the drop at the circulation desk, the slot right outside the library doors, and the outside bookdrop. You can find the outside bookdrop right here:

At the Iowa City branch currently take books to the desk, but a slot by the doors will be available soon. There is also a book return box available in the parking lot.

You can return books at the office at any of the centers.

Bus Passes for Free

The EagleCard Office at the help desk in the Allsop lab in Neilsen Hall and Rec Center can attach free bus stickers to the EagleCards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 11 for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each year before you can ride free. The year runs from August to August. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from the Eaglecard office listed above or at the bookstore registers. This is to verify attendance and k number.

If you’re waiting for a Cedar Rapids bus and wonder where it’s at, simply go to Through an interactive map, click on the route number and an arrow will show exactly which street or intersection your bus is at and watch an arrow representing the bus as it moves along down the street. Remember the routes that come to Kirkwood are 7 and 11.


Find the calendars with important dates, which days school will be closed, and final exam schedule here:

Car Service

For only $8 let Automotive Technology perform a full vehicle inspection. They will inspect the condition of the brakes, belts, fluids, and test the battery. It is open to anyone with a vehicle that is not European and no older than 8 years. The service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, from October to May, by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling (319) 398-5479 or e-mailing

Car Troubles

For some car troubles you can ask security for help, for others they can loan you equipment and give advice. Learn more here:
Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends.

Career Services
The Career Services department offers a variety of job seeking skill and career decision-making workshops that are free to Kirkwood students. These workshops assist students in career exploration and job-seeking skills. For more information, including dates and times, please visit


Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Advisor above

Color Printing

Find out about color printing on all campuses in this blog post:

Scroll down to Printing and Print Quota for more printing information.

Computer Lab in Cedar Rapids— 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall is the main lab on the Cedar Rapids campus. It houses 106 PCs and 2 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners, and a color printer. All programs needed for classes are offered on these computers, but not every computer has every program, ask at the help desk if you need a specific program so they can direct you to the right computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is used for student public usage for research and homework. Students may reserve a computer at least one day ahead by calling (319) 398-5606 or coming to the front counter. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. The same policies and guidelines apply to both the labs and computer classrooms.

Computer Lab in Iowa City

The Iowa City computer lab is now part of the library.

Confidential Counseling Services – It’s FREE

Life can be overwhelming. Roommate issues? Relationship issues? Class/test concerns? Personal issues?  You don’t have to face it alone. Help is right here on campus.  Counselors are available in 108 Iowa Hall, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact us at 319-398-5540 or visit to learn more.

Continuing Education

Continuing Ed manages High School Completion, KPACE and hosts some Continuing Education classes in the KLIFE building. Continuing Ed also processes non-credit registrations and payments. They are primarily located in the KLIFE building near the Rec Center on main campus.

DIRECTIONS: From Kirkwood Boulevard, enter at Kirkwood’s most northerly entrance and turn right at the stop sign. It’s in the second building on the right (next to the Rec Center).


Your permanent EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Get it after you register for credit classes. Your Eaglecard is also your LIBRARY CARD. Carry it with you at all times while you are on campus and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches with different departments and you’ll get all of your student benefits. (Library Note: We have some items, such as the laptops, that we only check out if you have your physical card in hand.)

Present a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

  • EagleCard office (Nielsen Hall – Room 131 which is within the Allsop Computer Lab) Phone 319-398-5411, ext. 5680
  • Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)
  • Iowa City Campus Bookstore
  • Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is open the same hours as the Allsop Computer Lab. EagleCards can also be printed at the Rec Center on the Main Campus and at the Iowa City Bookstore.


EagleCash is money that you put on your EagleCard that you can use in various places around campus rather than carry cash.


EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.


Students can fax for free at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library. Ask at the Circulation desk.

Finance Department for Employees

The Finance Department manages general Kirkwood business including, but not limited to, departmental deposits, Pcard pick up, payment or reimbursement requests, and parking stickers. The Finance office is located at The Kirkwood Center, south of The Hotel at Kirkwood.

DIRECTIONS: From Kirkwood Boulevard, use the parking lot south of 76th Ave. (opposite side of The Hotel). Enter the doors to The Kirkwood Center Atrium. Finance is located on the other side of the reception area. For specific questions, please contact Joan Hanna at ext. 5555.

Full Time Student Load

You must take 12 or more credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time, except during the summer semester when nine credit hours is full-time.

General Student FAQs

Find some questions the college office gets a lot here:

Get Published

Faculty, staff and students can submit both writing and artwork to the Kirkwood publication, The Cedar Divide.


Check out these cookbooks in library aimed at college students. There are two locations of the Cafe on campus, one on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall and one in the lobby area of Linn Hall. They normally have the same hours. There are also vending machines around campus with a variety of snacks and beverages.

International Students

Find all of the information you need regarding international student support services at  Scroll to the bottom of that page to find our International Events Calendar.  Join in any of the activities or stop by the International Student Office in Linn Hall 1154 for any additional information.

Internet Guidelines

Taken from The Policy for Responsible Use of Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College

  • Accessing Internet is a privilege granted for the primary purpose of conducting research, completing class assignments, and gaining familiarity with evolving electronic communications.
  • Users shall not send offensive, threatening, abusive, obscene, or other such messages to anyone who may be using the system.
  • Users shall not use Kirkwood’s computing resources to copy, generate, or transmit obscene files publicly accessible.
  • Each user will be financially responsible for any unauthorized commitments made through Internet.
  • Users must follow the guidelines as outlined in the AA/EEO policy on Hostile Environments including the viewing and/or printing of any material considered to be offensive or obscene.
  • Users shall not engage in invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, violation of copyright laws or any other activity prohibited by these guidelines or by law.
  • Access to the Internet may be denied or revoked at any time.

Kirk Alerts

Sign up for Kirk Alerts to get the latest information about college cancellations, delays, and closures. They can be delivered to you across multiple platforms of your choice. All clears are usually not issued.

Lactation Room

Kirkwood supports new mothers with designated lactation rooms. The ones in Cedar Rapids are in Cedar Hall Room 226 and Linn Hall Room 2104. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. Campus Health is to be used as a backup location only. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

The lactation room in Iowa City is located by the One Stop Office.

Late Registration Policy

The last day to register on EagleNet for a class is the day before it starts. Once a class starts, you’ll need faculty and possibly dean signatures to add it. If you have any doubts or questions about your schedule, don’t wait to talk to your advisor – make an appointment today! Scroll up to Add-Drop for more information.

Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name. Scroll to Advisor above for more information.

Library Textbook Policy

The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class. The cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve. Feel free to ask your instructor if they haven’t yet put a copy on reserve yet.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students and offered on several dates prior to the start of the term. During orientation, you’ll work with academic advisors, current students and professional staff members to get ready for your transition to Kirkwood Community College. At orientation students will:

  • meet with academic advisors to learn about your core classes, degree requirements in programs you’re considering and course selections for the semester
  • talk with Kirkwood faculty members about academic expectations learn about student involvement, financial aid, campus technology, community expectations, and other aspects of the social and academic environment at Kirkwood,
  • meet and get to know other new students,
  • receive your EagleCard (student ID),
  • register for classes.

For more information go to

Notebook and Graph Paper

Sometimes classes will require special paper (printed with a particular design) for assignments. Notebook paper and regular graph paper are the most common of these. You can buy a package at the Bookstore or other retailer, but if you just need a page or two or something really custom you can print your own.

Old Class Descriptions

If you need an old class description to show someone whether they would be willing to accept a class or not for some purpose, find it here:

One Stop

The One Stop office manages general student business including, but not limited to, financial aid status, graduation inquiries, transcript requests, course or enrollment verification, diploma ordering or information on deferment. The One Stop office is located at Kirkwood Hall 2nd floor.

    DIRECTIONS: Driving from Kirkwood Boulevard, enter the south entrance to campus and take the first left. Drive toward the buildings and Kirkwood Hall, which is to the north of the parking lots. There is visitor parking in the Blue Permit parking lot. Walking, go to Kirkwood Hall, which is located down the skywalk from the cafeteria in Iowa Hall. Once at the end of the skywalk, the One Stop office is the first office on the right. For specific questions, please contact the One Stop office at 319-398-7600.

Parking Permits and Parking and Traffic Tickets

Students are NOT required to get parking permits to park on Kirkwood lots, but are required to follow basic parking rules such as parking in designated areas only. There are parking permits for staff that have reserved spaces. These are marked with signs and blue division lines. They are NOT open to cars without the permit. If you get a Kirkwood parking ticket, pay at the Cashier’s Office in One Stop.

Breaking city laws, for example parking in handicap spots without a handicap permit, can get you a regular parking ticket from the city where regular fines apply.

Password Reset

Access this self-service web page to establish or change your K-number password. For more information. You can log on to change your password from any machine that you don’t have to use your Kirkwood ID to log into, including your personal computer.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available for the fall semester in Room 359, Benton Hall has been reserved on Fridays from noon to 2:00pm.  You may visit the International Programs office 1154 Linn Hall on the Cedar Rapids Main campus if you have any questions. This service is available to all students.

Printing and Student Print Quota

There are various places around campus where students can print. The two main ones are the library and the computer lab at both campuses. Both have black and white plus color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing.

Registered students will be given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is merely a form to ration printing and is NOT real money either from the college or from any fee students pay. It could as easily be known as points or coupons, etc. As students print or copy, 5 cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. Access this page to check your current balance. This is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by the college. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion of the ration will be given to you as cash. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints.

The balance means balance like a checkbook or savings account, not balance like a credit card. Meaning it isn’t saying that you owe money when it shows a balance, it’s what you have to use yet.

Most students don’t use their entire ration during a semester. If you haven’t used all of yours it will be carried forward to the next semester. At the end of the summer everyone’s balance is wiped out and you start again with $36, but don’t worry about that remember that it is NOT real money.

If you would use all $36 and need more, you CAN put real money on the card and that won’t disappear at the reset. However, it is not refundable.

As a student when you print documents, you will see a pop-up that will inform you of the cost of that print job and the remaining balance. Click to confirm that you want to print it. If a student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages,  an additional dialogue box  pops up asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

When the students use their k# to login to the copier, they will see their name and their current balance on the display box.

Check out this site find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money ration does), or to dispute a print charge. It’s easy to remember the website it’s the Kirkwood address plus print, so


Counseling services offers screenings in the fall.

  • Alcohol Screening will be on 9/28/2017
  • Depression Screening will be on 10/5/2017
  • Eating Disorder Screening will be on 10/12/2017

 All screenings are from 10:00am-1:00pm in 125 Iowa Hall.


Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends. Get more information on the array of services they offer.

Student Email

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. All current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will NOT be sent via postal mail or to a personal e-mail address, but will be sent to your student e-mail.

The format of your Kirkwood student email address is: (Example: If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. Upon graduation or transfer to another institution, student email accounts are deactivated (the following August 31st). Any saved documents and/or emails will not be accessible after that date.

Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. (Library Note: Although we haven’t seen this too much lately, sometimes students have have issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend sending it to your Kirkwood e-mail or send it to both your Kirkwood e-mail and your personal account.) Find the IT FAQs for Student e-mail:

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your login questions. Conveniently located in the Allsop Computer Lab – 131 Nielsen Hall, you can also call them at (319) 398-7624 or 1-800-634-6581. Among the IT services are: Campus Wireless, EagleCash, EagleNet, Talon, Passwords, Print Quota, and Student e-mail. Contact them directly for questions about any of these and start with them for other basic computer issues. Find their FAQ sheet linked here:

If it’s a Talon question that isn’t related to individual page set up, they will likely refer you to the general Talon help service. Scroll to Talon information below.

Student Print Quota – Scroll up to Printing and Print Quota

YOU can study Abroad.  Kirkwood offers over 15 different short-term study abroad programs each year and there are programs for everyone.  The programs and applications are found here at   You are also welcome to stop by Linn Hall 1154 to speak with a Study Abroad Advisor if you have any questions.  Scholarships for study abroad are available.


Talon is a suite of online tools that facilitate online classes. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Talon. Most online courses operate fully within Talon or at least use it as a frame or portal to get you to the materials you need and to turn in assignments.

If your instructor told you to use or find something and you don’t know where it is (a handout, an article, a place to turn something in), check your Talon page for that class first.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. Try that first before asking for help. You can check with the student helpdesk, but you may be directed to the help line through Talon which is available 24/7 at 1-877-478-7074. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor.

Textbooks –Scroll up to Book List of Textbooks to find out which books you’ll need and to Library Textbook Policy for information about what’s available in the library.


Tuition cost is set per credit hour, but varies by Iowa resident, non-resident, and international categories.

Tutoring – It’s FREE!
Free tutoring is available to every student taking a class for credit. Stop by 2071 Cedar Hall or call 319-398-5425 to speak to someone in Learning Services.

Vending Machine Issues

If a vending machine takes your money or if you have another vending machine issue, in Cedar Rapids report to Student Life on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall across from the bank by the cafeteria. In Iowa City report it at the  main office. Find out more about the vending machines by the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library here and the rest of them on campus by checking with student life.


Be sure to check out all the resources and veteran benefits on campus including the Veterans Lounge.

Veterans in Iowa City are eligible for all other benefits but they do not have a lounge.


Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Work Study

To get work study position around campus, start at One Stop and make sure you qualify for Work Study. Then you can apply for specific jobs currently open around campus.

Writing Center – Schedule a Time

The Writing Center offers 20 minute slots to help you on particular issues in your writing. Walk-ins are allowed if someone scheduled doesn’t show or the slot is open, but reservations are STRONGLY recommended.

UPDATED: February 14, 2017

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Tell us what you think! Credo Reference and Global Road Warrior


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As your Kirkwood library, we are always trying to provide our patrons with better and more accessible information. Therefore, on February 1st, the library will begin a 30 day trial of two research databases: Credo Online Reference and Global Road Warrior.


Credo Reference is a database that, unlike Wikipedia, provides credible background information for beginning research. Credo contains over 690 books (which include subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases and reference handbooks), 15 image collections (featuring images of art and portraits) and 1,100 short reference videos on numerous academic subjects. A complete list of the subjects and book titles can be found on their website. Credo also provides research guides, which point faculty and students to Credo books on 58 topics including nursing, business, American literature and biology. When patrons search the Credo database, topic pages will appear that link to not only Credo resources, but other Kirkwood owned books and databases to encourage more in-depth research. Please contact your Kirkwood librarian if you need help in accessing any of these special features.globalroadwarrior

Global Road Warrior is an online database that provides in-depth cultural information on 175 countries. Topics on each country include business, society, music, education, language and more. This database would be particularly helpful to classes in international business, women’s studies, social sciences, and languages, as well as study abroad programs.

To let us know what you think, the librarians are inviting all Kirkwood patrons to complete a short online survey  (which will be available until Sunday, March 5th. From faculty, we’d like to know if you have an assignment that these databases will help your students complete– and from students – does this information look useful to you? AND if there are other resources you need, please let us know at any time. The Kirkwood Libraries are here to serve you!

Replacements for COMPASS


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As of last semester the COMPASS test is no longer available on the Kirkwood Campus. It has been replaced by ALEKS for math and ACCUPLACER for everything else. Check in with the English department as a first step.

captureaStudy for ACCUPLACER

There are three different places to find study aides for ACCUPLACER.

  1. We recommend using the resources, study guides and practice tests available on Learning Express Library. You can log into the source from anywhere, make an account, and then search for ACCUPLACER.
  2. Find more information including sample questions, etc. on the test’s official website:
  3. We have some paper study materials available on reserve at the desk for use in the library.
  • ACCUPLACER Secrets Study Guide, Call Number: 378.166 A172
  • ACCUPLACER Study Guide 2016: ACCUPLACER Test Prep and Review Questions for the ACCUPLACER Exam, Call Number: 378.166 A172a

capturebSTUDY for ALEKS

ALEKS is a very different system than what it replaced. Instead of expecting you to prep ahead of the test, it’s designed to be a support system, taking you through a training system to help build skills that you need to successfully take the test.

Taking the Tests

Students can take the tests anytime the Test Center is open (if they have enough time before closing to take the test). Students don’t have to make an appointment to take either test, but need to have 2 1/2 hours blocked out to take it during the Test Center’s open hours. You still need photo ID, but unlike COMPASS, you no longer need your social security number. This system uses your k-number for recognition. If you need to take the test and don’t currently have a k-number, you have to get one at One Stop before you can take the test. It takes a couple of days after signing up for a k-number for it to be issued and active, so faculty make sure prospective students have one if they ask about the test.

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.

New Books: A Very Short Introduction Series Update 2017



Here at Kirkwood Library Services we like to post from time to time a collection of books recently added to our collection on a particular topic. Sometimes we also like to point people’s attention to particular series that have good basic information on a particular sort of topic. This time we’re pointing out the A Very Short Introduction series from Oxford Press. They cross a broad gamut of topics, but all are short, concise, and give the most important things you need to know on that topic. These are just a scattering of what we’ve gotten lately. Look for one the next time you have a new topic to explore.

Find our last list in this post.

Call Number: 155.5 S656a Title: Adolescence: A Very Short Introduction Author: Peter K. Smith

Call Number: 305.4 W272a Title: American Women’s History: A Very Short Introduction Author: Susan Ware

Call Number: 341 L913i Title: International Law: A Very Short Introduction Author: Vaughan Lowe

Call Number: 341.23 H239u Title: The United Nations: A Very Short Introduction Author: Jussi M. Hanhimaki

Call Number: 361.3 H737s Title: Social Work: A Very Short Introduction Authors: Sally Holland and Jonathan Scourfield

Call Number: 364 R645c Title: Criminal Justice: A Very Short Introduction Author: Julian V. Roberts

Call Number: 427 G796s Title: Slang: A Very Short Introduction Author: Jonathon Green

Call Number: 534 G624s Title: Sound: A Very Short Introduction Author: Mike Goldsmith

Call Number: 535 W216L Title: Light: A Very Short Introduction Author: Ian Walmsley

Call Number: 540.9 B864h Title: The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction Author: William H. Brock

Call Number: 551.136 M727p Title: Plate Tectonics: A Very Short Introduction Author: Peter Molnar

Call Number: 551.432 P946m Title: Mountains: A Very Short Introduction Author: Martin F. Price

Call Number: 589.2 M742f Title: Fungi: A Very Short Introduction Author: Nicolas P. Money

Call Number: 611 K648h Title: Human Anatomy: A Very Short Introduction Author: Leslie Kleneman

Call Number: 615.1 I94d 2016 Title: Drugs: A Very Short Introduction Author: Les Iversen

Call Number: 616.15 B655b 2016 Title: Blood: A Very Short Introduction Author: Chris Cooper

Call Number: 616.9 W359i Title: Infectious Disease: A Very Short Short Introduction Authors: Marta L. Wayne and Benjamin M. Bolker

Call Number: 822.33 S572w Title: William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction Author: Stanley Wells

Call Number: 932.03 R129a Title: Ancient Assyria: A Very Short Introduction Author: Karen Radner

Call Number: 968.06 M271b Title: Nelson Mandela: A Very Short Introduction Author: Elleke Boehmer

Call Number: 973.3 A439a Title: American Revolution: A Very Short Introduction Author: Robert J. Allison

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New Books: Odds and Ends 32



From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.


Call Number: Librarian Collection 302.302 H479m Title: Mobile Social Marketing in Libraries Author: Samantha C. Helmick (from Burlington, Iowa)
NOTE: and useful for other organizations and entities that want to advertise and connect online.

Call Number: ELA 305.896 B874b Title: Brother to Brother: Black Men Speak To Young Black Men Editor: Beth Johnson

Call Number: 153.6 G191n Title: Nonverval Messages Tell More: A Practical Guide to Nonverbal Communication Author: Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael Gamble

Call Number: 302.3 F533a Title: Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray Author: Helen Fisher

Call Number: 302.34 D427b Title: Bully Nation: How the American Establishment Creates a Bullying Society Authors: Charles Derber and Yale R. Magrass

Call Number: 320.01 U73a Title: The Antiegalitarian Mutation: The Failure of Institutional Politics in Liberal Democracies Authors: Nadia Urbinati and Arturo Zampaglione

Call Number: 325 E197 Title: The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy Editor: Benjamin Powell

Call Number: 305.42 F469f Title: Fifty-One Key Feminist Thinkers Editor: Lori J. Marso

Call Number: 328.73 C641h Title: Hard Choices Author: Hillary Rodham Clinton
NOTE: This is Clinton’s most recent book.

Call Number: 333.793 I545g Title: The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future Author: Gretchen Bakke

Call Number: 363.325 K451g Title: The Girl Who Beat ISIS: My Story Authors: Farida Khalaf and Andrea C. Hoffman

Call Number: 365.709 P341w Title: Why American Prisons Fail: How to Fix Them Without Spending More Money [Maybe Less] Authors: Peyton Paxson and George H. Watson

Call Number: 378.008 I47c Title: College Success for Students With Disabilities: A Guide To Finding and Using Resources, with Real-World Stories Author: Irene Ingersoll

Call Number: 523.1 N273m Title: Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos Author: Priyamvada Natarajan

Call Number: 610.23 E711 Title: Emerging Medical Technologies Author: Gennady Ernmak

Call Number: 616.8 I545e Title: The End of Memory: A Natural History of Aging and Alzheimer’s Author: Jay Ingram

Call Number: 616.99 O584o Title: 100 Questions and Answers About Ovarian Cancer (3rd ed.) Authors: Don S. Dizon and Dorinda “Dee” Sparacio

Call Number: 617 H314s Title: Surgery, The Ultimate Placebo: A Surgeon Cuts Through the Evidence Author: Ian Harris

Call Number: 618.1 A439m Title: Menopause Confidential: A Doctor Reveals The Secrets to Thriving Through Midlife Author: Tara Allmen

Call Number: 618.85 O548w Title: Why Torture Doesn’t Work: The Neuroscience of Interrogation Author: Shane O’Mara

Call Number: 647.957 B438f Title: Front of the House: Restaurant Manners, Misbehaviors and Secrets Authors: Jeff Benjamin and Greg Jones

Call Number: 666.109G549g Title: Glassmaking in Ireland: From the Medieval to the Contemporary Editor: John M. Hearne

Call Number: 748.209 F565 Title: 5000 Years of Glass Editor: Hugh Tait

Call Number: 791.43 W583w Title: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame Author: Mara Wilson

Call Number: 930.3 C112a Title: August 1914: France, the Great War, and a Month That Changed the World Forever Author: Bruno Cabanes Translator: Stephanie O’Hara

Call Number: 937 B368s Title: SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome Author: Mary Beard

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