Location and Hours

Winter Interim Hours:

Over the winter interim, we will be closed from December 18 through January 3rd. Beginning January 4, 2022 the reading room will be open for patrons again during the times listed below. We will resume regular hours once the spring semester starts.

Appointment Hours: Monday - Thursday,  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (all times by appointment only - please schedule via LibCal)

Walk in Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Closed

Regular Hours:

SC&UA strongly encourages patrons to make appointments to visit SC&UA, including for research in the reading room. Walk in hours begin at the start of the fall semester (August 23, 2021).

Appointment Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (all times by appointment only - please schedule via LibCal)

Walk in Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (beginning August 23, 2021)

Saturday and Sunday, CLOSED

You may schedule in-person or virtual appointments via LibCal. Please note that we require 24 hours notice for appointments. Patrons may still contact SC&UA staff by email, library chat, and telephone. If you have any questions or concerns about visiting the archives,  please email us at libarchives@uni.edu.

If you wish to schedule an instruction session with Jaycie, please email her directly at jaycie.vos@uni.edu. We appreciate two weeks' notice to schedule and prepare.


The University of Northern Iowa is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, at the intersection of College Street and University Avenue. Visitor parking can sometimes be difficult to locate. However, there is a new parking lot just south of the Rod Library with ample handicap parking and a fair number of meters.  There is also a large metered parking lot just north of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on University Avenue.  The Conference and Visitor Center at 27th Street and Hudson Road can often give advice on visitor parking.

The Rod Library is located west of the Maucker Union and east of the Campanile. Special Collections and University Archives is located in the northwest corner of the third level of the Rod Library.

The Special Collections reading room is open for service during weekdays during the fall and spring terms (times listed above). Hours of service may vary during holiday periods and interims between terms.  We encourage you to make an appointment and consult the staff before your visit at libarchives@uni.edu. Additionally, you may schedule an appointment with SC&UA faculty and staff at https://uni.libcal.com/appointments/scua.  Please note that virtual appointments are available.