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The book brigade of 2008

Nancy Kraft organized a human chain of volunteers that moved books one at a time out of the flood-threatened Main Library basement
Nancy Kraft watched the rain fall in May 2008 and felt a sense of foreboding. In the end, she and a chain of volunteers had to move books from the UI Main Library's basement to avoid the rising waters of the flooding Iowa River.
First Folio

UI Libraries hosts Shakespeare's First Folio

The University of Iowa Libraries has launched Shakespeare at Iowa, a special exhibition of Shakespeare’s First Folio and a statewide celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
First Folio Text

Celebrating Shakespeare at Iowa

First Folio exhibition comes to the UI
Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death, the University of Iowa will celebrate his life and work with events headlined by the "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare" exhibition, which will on display in the UI Main Library Gallery from Aug. 29 through Sept. 25.
Nicholas Meyer on set with Leonard Nimoy during the shooting of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. The photo is archived in the University of Iowa Libraries' Special Collections as part of a collection donated by Nicholas Meyer.

‘Star Trek’ filmmaker loves making voyage home

Nicholas Meyer to speak at UI Libraries exhibit
Nicholas Meyer will make an appearance May 20 at Shambaugh Auditorium in the Main Library in conjunction with the UI Libraries exhibition “50 Years of ‘Star Trek.’” Get some backstory before the event with this interview Meyer sat for in 2009.

University of Iowa journal publishes newly found Whitman writings

Collaborative scholarship brings poet’s work to the fore
The University of Iowa journal "Walt Whitman Quarterly Review" ("WWQR") has published a newly discovered work by Walt Whitman, "Manly Health and Training." The new, book-length work was discovered by University of Houston Ph.D. candidate Zachary Turpin and appears in its entirety in "WWQR, " an online-only, open-access publication.

University of Iowa’s Hardin Library lands prestigious designation

National Network of Libraries of Medicine names Hardin a Regional Medical Library, bestows $6.5 million grant
The University of Iowa Libraries’ Hardin Library for the Health Sciences has been awarded a five-year, $6.5 million grant to serve as a Regional Medical Library in the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Aerial view of UI Hospitals and Clinics in 1930

Old Gold: The view from above

UI archivist shares websites that feature aerial photos of campus, state
If you enjoy looking at aerial photos, especially of familiar territory in Iowa, University of Iowa archivist David McCartney lists some must-visit websites with historic photos of the UI campus and areas across the state.
high-bay shelving

A new chapter in library storage

UI Libraries staff will move more than 1 million items to new location
The UI Libraries is equipping a new storage facility to house items that rarely circulate. To prepare for the move, items stored at the current Libraries Annex will be unavailable for retrieval beginning January 2016. However, users may access another copy of a stored item through UBorrow.
political cartoon

UI Press book collects caucus work of cartoonist

Political drawings not immune to newsroom changes
In an age when political cartoonists, and indeed all journalists, are feeling the pinch of tightening newspaper budgets, the University of Iowa Press has come out with a title that highlights both the editorial format and the state of Iowa.