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Special Collections and University Archives is home to Iowa State University Library's rare books, manuscripts, photographs, audio recordings, film, artifacts, archival records, and other historical documents. Our collection covers a large range of areas, including agriculture and rural life, life sciences, engineering, technology, and Iowa State University history.

We collect and preserve these materials to enhance scholarship and to help researchers understand the past and its relationship to the present.

We welcome and are open to all who want to see and research these rare and unique materials.


Reading room updates

For the month of July, SCUA will be open between 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 

Effective July 12th we are no longer requiring appointments.

View further updates for in Reading Room Updates for July.

For University Library updates, click here.

For questions and information relevant to Special Collections and University Archives please email us at archives@iastate.edu

Upcoming Summer Closures

August 2-6