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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: https://guides.kirkwood.edu/research. 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 library@kirkwood.edu
  • Iowa City Campus Reference Desk: 319-887-3612 or refdesk@kirkwood.edu
  • Chat at kirkwood.edu/library
  • Text a Librarian at 319-774-6491 (New service!)
  • Facebook Messenger @ Kirkwood Libraries