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UPDATES: Library Response to coronavirus

This page will be regularly updated with information on special library services and library changes due to campus health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Looking for the Library Homepage?

Kirkwood recently completed a website update that drastically changed the Library homepage. We've put all the links and resources you're used to finding on the Library homepage on our own new homepage. Be sure to bookmark this one for future use!

Library Services Continue

Library services at the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Campus Libraries continue to shift and change in response to student and faculty need, and in response to the need for continued vigilance about safety concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus. We will continue to update this page as delivery of services may shift over time. Follow the links below for more information on each resource or service:
  • Library Hours: Follow the link to see the current library hours..
  • Library material returns and renewals: No fines will be assessed for materials returned late. Please see the Due Dates and Returns guide for more detailed information about returning books, graphing calculators, and laptops.
  • Reference desk or Research help: Librarians are available to help students and faculty with their research and citation needs.
  • Technology help: Students with technology needs may contact the Help Desk for assistance: 319-398-1264. Students experiencing problems with their own computers may contact Kirkwood's EagleTech for tech support.
  • Information resources: The library's online resources are available to all current students and faculty through the library homepage and Databases A to Z
  • Laptops: Laptops are available for short term checkout. See borrowing guide for details.
  • Hotspots: Hotspots may be checked out for the semester, subject to availability. See this page for more details. 
  • Interlibrary loan: The Interlibrary Loan service is back on track. Make your requests for materials from other libraries as usual. See the link for more detailed instructions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact a librarian!

Research Help from Librarians

We are available for research help, in person or through the Ask a Librarian chat during the library's open hours. We help you:

  • Search for information in books, articles, or online

  • Define your research topic

  • Create citations

  • Evaluate sources

  • Any other part of your research process


Instant messaging (chat):

Wherever you see "Ask a Librarian" on the library website, you can chat instantly with a Kirkwood librarian. 


Chat with a librarian by sending a text message to: 319-774-6491


Email questions to: library @ 


Cedar Rapids (or any location): 319-398-5697

Iowa City: 319-887-3613

Online research help (Zoom):

We can use Zoom to meet and screenshare. Use the "Ask a Librarian" chat function to get started.

Scheduled research consultation:

Open to any Kirkwood student or faculty. Follow the link below to fill out the request form. Enter your phone number to get a reminder text before your appointment.

If the time you want isn't available, but it's during our regular hours of operation, you can still get help at the reference desk or through the Ask a Librarian chat.
What if we're closed?
We have many online guides where you might find answers to your questions:

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Campus Library

107 Credit Center Building

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City, IA