At the 1949 groundbreaking for the University of Iowa Main Library, UI President Emeritus Virgil Hancher said, “One cannot contemplate libraries . . . without recalling the civilization-long battle for the freedom of the human spirit.” The UI Libraries system sustains that freedom through its role as a vital intellectual hub for UI students, faculty, and other users. Not only does it boast print and digital collections that are richly diverse and deeply comprehensive, but it also offers state-of-the art resources that enhance teaching and learning on campus—and far beyond.

The UI Libraries—which includes the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, and five branch libraries—contains more than five million volumes; it is the largest library system in Iowa and the ninth largest in materials expenditures among the nation’s public research libraries.

By enhancing its collections, preserving its materials, and keeping pace with cutting-edge information technologies, the UI Libraries not only can continue to support the UI’s academic mission, but it also can help ensure “the freedom of the human spirit” for generations to come.

Honor Clubs

Because your annual support is crucial to the University Libraries system's ability to improve its collections, facilities, programs, and technology, the UI Libraries has established the following annual levels of recognition for your generosity:

Level Gift Amount
Library Excellence Club $5,000 or more
University Librarian's Club $1,000 through $4,999
Fellow $500 through $999
Friend $100 through $499

In addition to these opportunities from the UI Libraries, the University of Iowa Foundation has a variety of recognition programs to acknowledge the generosity of contributors university-wide. Learn more about university-wide honor clubs.

For more information, contact: Mary Rettig, Director of Development, UI Libraries Liaison, Associate Campaign Director (319) 467-3809