University Libraries

The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and several branch libraries. The Law Library is administered separately by the College of Law.

Smart Search ( is the University's web-based catalog that allows library users to search for books, electronic journals, reference materials, articles and other web-based resources. Smart Search contains information resources from the UI Libraries, Law Library and the State Historical Society of Iowa.

Services include:

  • Circulation (—check out materials, recall items checked out to someone else, or renew your materials.
  • Reserve, first floor, Main Library, and in all branches (—where professors place readings on reserve. Some libraries offer electronic reserves.
  • Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery (—provides access to materials not owned by the UI Libraries.
  • Reference Services—includes consultations (, which are one-on-one meetings with a librarian to get in-depth help with your research; e-mail your reference questions ( and get a response within 24 hours; chat in real time with a librarian through instant messaging.
  • The Learning Commons in the Main Library will be a tech-infused comfortable study space and one-stop academic help center with good coffee. Located on the first floor of the Main Library, the project is estimated to be complete in Fall 2013.

Main Library

Washington and Madison

Art Library

235 Art Building West

Pomerantz Business Library 

C320 Pappajohn Business Building

Lichtenberger Engineering Library 

2001 Seamans Center

Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

(24-hour study room available during academic sessions)

Law Library

1200 Boyd Law Building

Rita Benton Music Library

Main Library, 2nd floor

Sciences Library

104 Sciences Library