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Fall 2020 Changes

  • The Youth Collection will be closed before 9:00 a.m. on weekdays. Otherwise, we are open during all library hours.
  • We are not staffing our reference desk or helping patrons face-to-face. To get help, you can
  • At this time, access to Notable and Historical materials from the Youth Collection (the books in locked cases) will take place in the Special Collections & University Archives reading room (on the 3rd floor of Rod Library). First, schedule an appointment to access the material(s) in SC&UA through LibCal. In the "Meeting Topic" section, please specify that you would like to use Youth Collection materials, including the title(s) and author(s). When you receive your appointment confirmation e-mail, forward it to katelyn.browne@uni.edu with any additional information you'd like us to know.

This page will be updated as we have other Youth-specific changes to announce. For information about general Rod Library practices for fall 2020, see Forward Together: Library Reopening Information.


The Youth Collection, designed for the adult study of children's and young adult literature, contains more than 20,000 trade books, related reference sources, and a growing number of materials in electronic formats. Although a small historical collection is maintained, the focus of the Youth Collection is on recently published materials representing many genres, curriculum areas, and grades PK-12.

Staff are responsible for development of children’s/young adult materials, providing reference service for patrons using those materials, providing bibliographic instruction for patrons using those materials, maintaining and evaluating the collection, and serving as a professional resource for Iowa educators.

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