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Libraries galore bejewel city

BY DI STAFF | 2015 EDITION

Iowa City Public Library
123 S. Linn St
Though not associated with the university, this is a great resource for studying in the heart of downtown. Membership is free provided you have an address somewhere in Iowa City. Beyond books, the library also rents movies, music, magazines, and video games. Another positive of this spot is huge amount of food options surrounding it on the Pedestrian Mall if you have the urge to take a quick study break. It does tend to close early, however.

Pomerantz Business Library
320 Pappajohn Business Building
Located in the third floor of the business facility, this library offers a large number of group work areas. Though most are located in cubicles, they offer a convenient spot to work on projects. Though small, it still offers a decent number of computers to work on. While there is not much lounge space in the actual library, or books for that matter, the area outside the library also serves as an informal lounge.

Law Library
220 Boyd Law Building
The Law Library is an often-overlooked spot because of its somewhat tricky location. Students bold enough to venture into its depths will find open tables and a variety of cloistered study cubicles. Fair warning, though, some of these cubicles are claimed by law students who might not be too happy to find you occupying them. Otherwise, this is an excellent, normally very quiet or even silent, studying nook. 

Main Library
This building’s size and location is the main draw for students wishing to get some studying done. At least the first floor is open 24 hours a day. There are banks of computers with access to almost every program the university has a license for, and it is also linked to a good-sized group of printers. Private conference rooms can be reserved or snagged if they’re empty, allowing you and some friends to study jointly without being disruptive. 
Screens give students a way to give presentations or put problems up on a board for additional group interaction. The upper floors provide a wealth of available media and have some great, generally quiet, study areas tucked in between bookshelves. A café offers deli sandwiches, drinks, and snacks for a study break. Be warned the main floor and computer labs can get noisy on occasion, and it is often crowded.

Engineering Library
2001 Seamans Center 
A two-floor library of surprising size, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library makes for an excellent secluded study space. The upper floor is primarily occupied by computers and closed-off group study rooms. Numerous chairs and desks fill the lower floor, which is smartly designed to keep study areas separate.  The only problem with this library is the distinct lack of outlets on the lower floor of desks.

Art Library
235 Art Building West
Easily the most beautiful library on campus, it is appropriately located in the art building. Windows offer a beautiful view of the carefully cultivated water and forest outside Art Building West. Furnishings are fabulously modern and lend a sophisticated air to the somewhat limited amount of study space it provides. Computer offers are also relatively slim compared with some of the other larger libraries. It is worth stopping by simply to admire the elaborate and elegant construction of the space.

Hardin Library
Newton Road 
This four-floor library is massive and filled with nice remote spots to study alone or in groups. It also offers plentiful opportunities to use computers. Group study rooms, though available, can be hard to find. The organization of the library takes a moment to get used to, but helpful maps are posted to help out. There are some nice views available for those willing to spend a few minutes walking around. Another interesting aspect of this spot is the posted historical works of medical or medically related art.

Sciences Library
Iowa Ave
This compact three -floor building is nestled right next to the heart of downtown by The Biology Building. Though modestly sized, the floors continue to open up space-wise as you ascend the building. There isn’t much study space and barely any computers, but what is available is attractively presented. Beanbag chairs are the signature furnishing of this library, with several spread throughout the top two floors. The top floor is particularly nice and offers a good amount of space and pleasant rooftop views.


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