Location and Hours

SC&UA strongly encourages patrons to make appointments to visit SC&UA, including for research in the reading room. You may schedule in-person or virtual appointments via LibCal. Please note that we require 48 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.

Regular Hours:

Effective August 21, 2023

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 

Saturday and Sunday, CLOSED

Thanksgiving Week Hours:

SC&UA will be closed to the public the week of Thanksgiving (November 20-24). Regular hours will resume November 27.

Winter Interim Hours:

Effective December 16, 2023

SC&UA will be closed to the public December 16 - January 2. We will be open during the following times beginning January 3:

Appointment Hours:  Monday and Tuesday, 10 am - 12 pm; Wednesday and Thursday, 1 - 3 pm (all times by appointment only - please schedule via LibCal)

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

Regular hours will resume January 16.

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 parking lot (Baker 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. Please visit the campus parking webpage for more information, including parking maps.

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.