This guide provides an introduction to understanding and using Special Collections and University Archives at Iowa State University. 

Reading Room Policy

Read over the policies before you make a visit. 

Hours of Operation

Hours: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. Any temporary closures will be noted on our homepage.

The Department and Parks Library are closed during University Holidays. For more info on the general library hours, click here.


Directions to Library and Parking

SCUA is located in Room 403 of Parks Library.

The easiest way to reach campus by car is by taking the University Boulevard exit north from Highway 30. For those unfamiliar with the Iowa State University campus, visitor parking is available at a pre-paid metered lot near the Armory northwest of the Library or at the Memorial Union parking ramp southeast of the library. Alternatively, visitors can request a visitor parking pass for $5 a day Parking Division. More details available here. Please note that there is still a considerable walk regardless of which parking location is chosen. Review the map below for details.

Iowa State University campus map

For those new to the Ames area, please visit the University's Visitor's Guide for helpful information about the University and Ames, Iowa. For more detailed information regarding places to eat and stay and things to do and see in Ames, please visit the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.


Internet Access for Guests

It is possible to sign up for a guest account to access the Internet through the campus wi-fi network. Click the link below for instructions from ISU Information Technology on how to do this.

Get Guest Internet Access on Campus


Accessibility Services

Any questions related to services provided by the ISU Parks Library to persons with disabilities should review the information on the Library's Disability Services webpage.

Library Accessibility Services

If you have a specific question regarding access to collections in Special Collections and University Archives, please contact us at