Do you know about our debate books?


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Library Shelves with books with pink debate books on them

Our Debate Books Collection

Do you have to make a persuasive or argumentative speech? Do you have to write a persuasive or argumentative research paper? Or do you assign one? Do we have the both the book section and databases for you.

The most important step in researching a persuasive speech or paper is to select your topic. It should both interest you and be a topic that there are clearly at least two sides to.

HINT: Do NOT choose topics such as abortion, death penalty, etc. Everyone writes about those and your instructor would be in a much better mindset when grading your paper if you don’t make them read their 5,000th paper on one of those topics. AND you will write a better paper if it’s something that you’re at least a little bit interested in.

How do you find different and interesting topics? That’s where are debate books section comes in. It is mostly made up by two major series, Opposing Viewpoints and Current Controversies. Both series design books on a particular subject, which is then broken down to more detailed sections and then to questions for and against. Anyone of these questions would make an excellent topic. As a bonus they also give you the opposing viewpoint so you can argue against it.

The Debate books are found in a section in both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City branches of Kirkwood Library Services. Their design makes them the easiest to browse in paper. They don’t circulate. However, we do also carry two online options.

The first is CQResearch which gives in-depth background reports that are useful for any project. You can also search for Pro/Con sections within these reports that argue both sides of an issue side by side.

The second is the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database which is put out by the same company that produces the series of books. You want to look for Viewpoints which are the same as the essays in the books. The also have direct access to a limited selection of journal articles, new articles, statistic reports, etc. which show up in a basic search. Unfortunately on the website the essays and articles aren’t paired pro and con so you may have a harder time finding the opposing viewpoint. Also, it can be hard to find all the articles within a book. Make sure you have the names of the essays from the table of contents if you want to find everything in a book online. Some recent titles may not be available online even if they are available in paper.

Ask a reference librarian if you need more help.

Close-up of a part of a shelf of debate books with pink labels

Important Notes

The Library link has returned to the bottom of the Kirkwood homepage. After moving off the page right before the semester started and staying off for a couple of weeks we were finally moved back into the second column of the list at the bottom of the page.

If you use APA in your classrooms there has been a change in how doi format. Learn more.

There has been a change in the Iowa City Kirkwood Library’s hours. They are now:
Mon-Th: 7:30am-9pm
Fri: 7:30am-5pm
Sat: 11am-4pm
Sun: Closed

Major Databases Changes came July 1st

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

Agriculture and Agribusiness
Alex Awards 2016 – check out these best fiction and nonfiction books written for adults at an popular reading level
Best Books from School Library Journal for 2016 – check out these books which are a mixture of picture books and young adult books.
Collections of True Stories About Women
Culture Smart! Book Series Updates
Directors, Movies, Actors
Memorial Day Books about Veterans and the Armed Forces
Top Science Books of 2016 by the Smithsonian
YALSA 2016 Best Books for Young Adults – check out these fiction books selected to appeal to college age students by librarians who work with them
Odds and Ends 37
Odds and Ends 38
Odds and Ends 39
Odds and Ends 40

Our Special Display This Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Banned Books Week will be September 24-30, 2017. Contact the library for a button to wear. Stop by during Banned Books Week or the week after to check out this year’s display. (See last year’s display.)

Check out this list of Cultural Events happening at Kirkwood this fall.

Our Database of the Month

Major Databases Changes came July 1st

Books and Authors


Kirkwood Campuses Closed at Noon on Fridays through July 28th. This Friday closure pattern will carry over to next summer. Dates are not yet available, but will likely run from the beginning of summer classes through the end of July next year also.

Research Tips

Librarians Wrote Articles in The Communique last year. Watch for our articles in upcoming issues.

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.


Banned Books Fahrenheit 451


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Permission Slips

Sometimes when a book is challenged, or even when a school or public library administration think a book MIGHT be challenged, they will create a compromise and require students to have a signed permission slip before they will check out or let students read certain books. This limitation places it beyond reach for parents who object or even those who don’t think it’s worth the effort to return the form.

Fahrenheit 451

Have you ever read Fahrenheit 451? It’s a story warning of what happens when you let the government have total control of information and live instead immersed inside of screens that constantly fed entertainment. Unfortunately one school did not get the irony of requiring a permission slip to let a kid read Fahrenheit 451. The father of one of the students did.


Read the entire article:


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Banned Books Reporting Censorship is Easier


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In the United States when people talk about Banning a Book normally what they mean is that there has been what is called a Challenge. In a Challenge someone tries to make a public entity stop people from reading a book, by removing it from library shelves, making it harder to get to by keeping it behind the desk, or removing it from classroom curriculum. Sometimes these efforts are successful, most of the time not.

It has long been a focal point of the American Library Association. They support people fighting bans whether ALA members or not and endeavor to track instances of Challenges. This office is called the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). Their studies have shown up to 85% of challenges go unreported so they’ve made it easier for people to report a challenge.

Learn more about their efforts.

Follow the guide to reporting a challenge.

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Banned Books Week 2017


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Banned Books Week 2017: Sept. 24 – Sept. 30

This year’s theme is Words Have Power. The theme of this year’s Banned Books Week is superheroes, Words Have Power (September 24 – September 30, 2017).

Here are some ideas on how to recognize Banned Books Week.

Stop by the Kirkwood Community College Library on the Main Campus in Cedar Rapids to see our display during the next two weeks and watch for proud banned books button wearers around campus.

Banned Books Display 2017

Banned Books Display 2017

We celebrate Banned Books Week each year here at Kirkwood Community College, where we stand up for intellectual freedom and how our Constitution gives us the right to read whatever we want. What do people try to ban?

Find links to previous years lists on this page. Click on the covers to bring up the list.

You can also find them sorted by the most frequently banned books by decade.

We sometimes get asked about booking banning and book banning in Iowa. The Iowa ACLU provides this list of such cases. You need to scroll past the boilerplate to get to the list of books banned in Iowa.

Sarah Uthoff and Display

Sarah Uthoff and Display

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: Business 2017


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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.

Also check our previous posts from April 2016 and February 2017.

Adcreep: The Case Against Modern Marketing by Mark Bartholomew, Call Number: 343.73 B287a 

Beyond the Label: Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms by Maureen Chiquet, Call Number: 658.4 P346b

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, Call Number: 658.421 D537b

A Force for Good: How Englightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism by John G. Taft, Call Number: 332 F697

The Great Equalizer: How Main Street Capitalism Can Create an Economy for Everyone by David M. Smick, Call Number: 338.973 S639g

Hello! And Every Little Thing That Matters: Impactful Ideas for Treating Your Customers Right by Kate Edwards, Call Number: 658.8 E265h

How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise by Chris Taylor, Call Number: 791.43 T239h

The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives by Lisa Servon, Call Number: 332.109S492u 

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone, Call Number: 658.11 S877u

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 Directors and Movies


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One of the collections we focus on is movies, films, actors and directors. Here are some recent additions. 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: 384 W279t Title: Warner Bros: The Making of an American Movie Studio Author: David Thomson

Call Number: 777 L429d Title: The Dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935 Authors: James Layton and David Pierce

Call Number: 791.43 D261m Title: Movie Comics: Page to Screen, Screen to Page Author: Blair Davis

Call Number: 791.43 H287r Title: Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca – Bogart, Bergman, and World War II Author: Aljean Harmetz

Call Number: 791.43 H588e Title: Charlton Heston: Hollywood’s Last Icon Author: Marc Eliot

Call Number: 791.43 I78w Title: We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie Author: Noah Isenberg

Call Number: 791.43 M271i Title: Is This Heaven? The Magic of the Field of Dreams Author: Brett H. Mandel 

Call Number: 791.436 P561p Title: Projected Fears: Horror Film and American Culture Author: Kendall R. Phillips

Call Number: 791.43 S755h Title: Steven Spielberg: A Life in Films Author: Molly Haskell

Call Number: 791.43 T239h Title: How Star Wars conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise Author: Chris Taylor

Call Number: 791.43 V654k Title: On Film Making Author: King Vidor

Call Number: 792 S914h Title: Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep Author: Michael Schulman

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.

Kirkwood Community College Cultural Events Fall 2017



This list appeared in the September 2017 issue of Currents, a publication to keep the public updated on what’s going on at Kirkwood Community College. This list is mostly cultural events. For a full listing of college events, visit the college calendar section.

September 2017

September 1-22 Art Exhibit: Material Function
Featuring Zach Wollert and Katie Baczeski
Iowa Hall Gallery
Monday – Friday 11:15am – 12:15pm
Reception September 21st 11:15am – 12:15pm

September 6-7 World Culinary Tour: Featuring the Philippines
The Class Act Restaurant
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center 5pm – 9pm

September 14 All-Alumni Social
Kirkwood Vineyard
5pm -7:30pm

October 2017

October 2-27 Art Exhibit: Thomas Langdon, Photography
Iowa Hall Gallery
Monday – Friday 11:15am – 12:15pm
Reception October 26th 11:15am – 12:15 pm

October 4-5 World Culinary Tour: Featuring South Africa
The Class Act Restaurant
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center 5pm – 9pm

October 11 Women’s Volleyball vs. Iowa Central Community College
Johnson Hall 6:30pm

October 25 Women’s Volleyball vs. Northeast Community College
Johnson Hall 6:30pm

November 2017

November 1-2 World Culinary Tour: Featuring Pakistan
The Class Act Restaurant
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center 5pm – 9pm

November 2-4 Fall Musical: City of Angels
Ballantyne Auditorium 7:30pm

November 6 -30 Art Exhibit: Recent Works Featuring Adam Rake
Iowa Hall Gallery
Monday – Friday 11:15am – 12:15pm

November 11 Kirkwood Instrumental Jazz Ensembles
Ballantyne Auditorium 7:30pm

December 2017

December 1-8 Art Exhibit: Recent Works Featuring Adam Rake
Iowa Hall Gallery
Monday – Friday 11:15am – 12:15pm
Reception December 7 11:15am – 12:15 pm

December 6-7 World Culinary Tour: Featuring Portugal
The Class Act Restaurant
The Hotel at Kirkwood Center 5pm – 9pm

December 9 Kirkwood Concert Band
Ballantyne Auditorium 7:30pm

New Books: Agriculture and Agribusiness


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Check out our previous posts of agriculture/agribusiness books added to our collection and if there is a subject you’d like us to collect, just let us know. 🙂

In addition to our books we’ve also added an agriculture database that is focused on farming. It has, among other things, several of the big farm journals.

Earlier posts Part 1 and Part 2

My Family’s Corn Farm by Katie Olthoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mc

My Family’s Beef Farm by Katie Olthoff, Call Number: CL 813.6 O529mb

Call Number: 305.9 W973i Title: In the Blood: Understanding America’s Farm Families Author: Robert Wuthnow

Call Number: 331.5 C487c Title: Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture Editor: Gabriel Thompson

Call Number: 338.3 B838o Title: The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America Author: Summer Brennan

Call Number: 333.95 G798a Title: American Catch: The Fight For Our Local Seafood Author: Paul Greenberg

Call Number: 577.5 M787g Title: Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life Author: David R. Montgomery, Call Number: 577.5 M787

Call Number: 630.973 A512 2011 Title: American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture, and the Land Editors: Edwin C. Hagenstein, Sara M. Gregg, and Brian Donahue

Call Number: 631.5 C283L Title: Lentil Underground: Renegrade Farmers and the Future of Food in America Author: Liz Carlisle

Call Number: 636.089 H758L Title: Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians (3rd) Author: Kristin Holtgrew-Bohling

Call Number: 646.4 E792p Title: Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat Author: Barry Estabrook

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Info to Know Fall 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.

Experiment with a different browser to start the school year.

What’s Kirkwood’s Student Body like?

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.


Kirkwood has a new app. Find instructions on where to find it.


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. To check for the important dates for any particular class double check here.

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. NOTE that important dates listed on the PDF are NOT current.

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

There are two ways to get into your list of textbooks you need for all your classes.

To find your list of textbooks
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.

To go directly to the “second tab” (aka Step 5 above) go to

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 either by buying it or by borrowing a copy from another library. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.

Book Club

Share your love of books and reading with other student readers. Read what you like. Share your thoughts. Make and take reading recommendations. Each semester we will decide on additional activities and determine if we want to focus on any reading themes. Contact club advisor Julie Petersen,

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 take return books at the desk and in the library book return box (a large black box) across from the library doors. 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 7a 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 for use to verify attendance and k number. You can get the stickers from Eagle Card Office, Student Life, both bookstores, and any county center office.

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 7a.

Here is the map and the route schedule. It changed July 1, 2017 to these new routes.


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, as well as individual appointments that are free to Kirkwood students. Career Services assists students in career exploration and job-seeking skills. Some of the job seeking skills help includes resume building and interview coaching. For more information, including dates and times, please visit​

Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Advisor above


Kirkwood has a wide range of interests with more than 80 clubs registered with Student Life. Check out the list:

Scroll up to Book Club

Coloring 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 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 as in the 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.

Cost Per Class

The cost per class is actually figured out by credit hour. Find more information:


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  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.

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.

Microsoft Office

Do you know that as a Kirkwood student you’re entitled to a free download of Microsoft 365? This is a stripped down version of Office, but should work for any assignment you get a Kirkwood. Follow the step by step directions. Particularly note the form they want for the e-mail.

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

New Stuff 

Want to be notified when the library gets something new? Sign up or check back at the link.

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. 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.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available for the fall semester on Fridays in Benton Hall 355, from noon-2:00. It’s scheduled from August 4th thru December 15th.  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 and color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing.

Registered students are given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is a way 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.

AGAIN this is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by either the student or 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 isn’t real money.

If you would use all $36 during the semester 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 pad.

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 but not that easy to find a link to.

Resume – Scroll up to Career Services


Want to get off on the right foot with your roommate? Here are some suggestions.


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:

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 very much lately, sometimes students have have issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites opening on campus – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail to send it or even better send it to both.) 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. 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

Study Abroad

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.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. Try that first. 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.

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.


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

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 One Stop 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 on campus including the Veterans Lounge.

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


Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Withdrawn From Class By Instructor

If you have a  Deregistration or Administrative Withdraw from a class for non-attendence, here’s what you do.

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.

UPDATED September 5 2017: I added the information about free Microsoft Office 365 and what to do if you’re withdrawn from a class by an instructor.

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Labor Day Weekend 2017


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Kirkwood Exterior Summer

In honor of Labor Day Weekend Kirkwood Library Services hours at BOTH locations will be:

  • Friday, September 1st – Open Normal Hours
  • Saturday, September 2nd – Open Normal Hours
  • Sunday, September 3rd – Closed
  • Monday, September 4th – Closed
  • Tuesday, September 5th – Resume Normal Hours

Iowa City Library Entrance