Patients' Library

Two children at story time

At the Patients' Library, you'll find a quiet comfortable place to read, explore, and learn about your health.

Visit the library on the eighth floor of Colloton Pavilion, near elevator F, anytime from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.

At the library you can check out:

  • books
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • laptop computers
  • music
  • video players
  • video game consoles
  • video games

Health Information Center

The library houses a number of printed and online resources to help you track down treatment and recovery information for specific diseases and conditions.

Children's Story Hour

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. is children’s story time and children of all ages and their families are welcome. Stickers and bookmarks are a bonus at the end of these events.

On some occasions, the Patients' Library sponsors visiting storybook characters who visit the clinics and in-patient areas.

Free Book Cart

A book cart stocked with free books has been provided by Children's Miracle Network and the Patients' Library. Twice a week, volunteers visit patients and help children select a book.

Room Delivery

If you wish to have materials from the library delivered directly to your room, please call 6-2468 on a hospital phone Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to place your request.

Other Services

Front door to the patients' library.

The library offers patients a number of communication services, including:

  • internet access
  • fax service
  • photocopying
  • laser printing

Library staff and volunteers can help you download pictures and prepare CarePages, communicating to friends and family the condition of your loved one.


The Patients' Library welcomes donations of books, children's materials, current magazines, magazine subscriptions, videos, audio books, and volunteer time. For more information on volunteering, please visit Volunteer Services.

Patients' Library Resources

Guidelines for Patient Use of the Library and Library Materials

From Our Collection

Form to Request Materials or a Librarian's Assistance

Contact Information

Patients' Library
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242

Library Location and Hours

Colloton Pavilion, Elevator F, Level 8
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1 to 4 p.m. weekends