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We’re glad to welcome you back to the library! It’s been a long strange year and this semester we’ll all still have to remain flexible. Expect there to be changes to a lot of things both around the main campus and around Library Services as the semester goes on.

Normal Access

This fall we are no longer taking k-numbers at the door. A lot of our “not moved for construction” furniture is back and you are allowed to have more than one person per table again. The drinking fountains are back to working and we’re back up to our regular number of computers, although one table remains with only 3 and several machines are in the study carrels so there are still social distanced options. Our reserve section is available again where you can check out books your instructors put on hold to study in the library or to make photocopies. Our study rooms upstairs are normally designated for groups to give a group of people who knows they’ll be talking a place to go without disturbing other students. For the last year we’ve had them for single use only for social distancing and Zoom class access and now you can use them whichever way you feel safest. Although this might not be your best option either way (see construction).

Construction

Construction is continuing at the Cedar Rapids campus library location and is expected to continue through December 2021. Here are the details. With construction right outside our doors, quiet study is not going to be available during a lot of days and sometimes evenings. We sometimes hear/feel construction all the way back in the farthest back room of the library so if you have a choice of somewhere else you can study, consider it.

If you’re looking for a quiet place to Zoom or work with a small group one option is the rooms next to the Educational Resource Center in the Cedar Hall first floor hallway. The rooms can be used by either a single person or by small groups. Signage on the doors has not been updated. There are 4 rooms available when not in use by faculty. The rooms are kept locked, but they will happily unlock one. Ask at the Social Sciences Office for them to unlock one for you. The Social Sciences Office (1088 CH) is around the corner, also on the first floor.

The Cedar Rapids physical library remains open, but you have to follow the fenced wall of arrows around the edge of the construction to get in. Fly along with our mascot Eggbert to follow the path.

PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO WAY THROUGH THE LIBRARY TO GET TO EITHER KIRKWOOD HALL OR CEDAR HALL.

  • To get to Cedar Hall you need to go through or around the bookstore hallway and around to the far side.
  • To get to Nielsen Hall, follow the same route to Cedar Hall and then keep going. Walk around Cedar Hall and on up to the top of the hill. The computer lab/where to get EagleCards is on the bottom floor of Nielsen.
  • To get to Kirkwood Hall/One-Stop follow the cement path around the far side of the construction away from the library and on up the hill. One-Stop is most of the second floor.

Here is our map post (for a bigger, dynamic online view). The blue broken line paths show the ways to get around the construction. The pinstriped section is the area under construction.

Construction Map

Library Hours

Library hours in both Iowa City and Cedar Rapids are changing slightly this year. I see further possible changes so it’s always a good idea to confirm current hours before you make a special trip. Scroll down to Hours on the homepage to get a current list for both libraries or contact us any of the ways listed below. Current changes are bolded below.

Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library hours are:

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30am-11:00pm
  • Friday                       7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturday                  10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sunday                      3:00pm-8:00pm
    NOTE: The 10:00am opening on Saturday is a change from our previous hours of opening at 8:30am. If this change is a problem, please let us know. library@kirkwood.edu.

Iowa City Kirkwood library hours will be:

  • Monday-Thursday 7:30am – 8:00pm
  • Friday                     7:30am – 5:00pm

NOTE: No Saturday or Sunday hours, but the Cedar Rapids library will be open answering phone calls, chat, etc.  and, as always, most of our online services are available 24/7.

Find Us Online

As always we have a lot of stuff available 24/7 online and a lot of ways for you to find us.

Contact

You can contact us by:
Chat
• Text (319-774-6491)
• E-mail library@kirkwood.edu
• Call Cedar Rapids at 319-398-5697
Call Iowa City at 319-887-3613
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