Patients' Library

Smaller child 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

Children smiling and guitar at story time

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

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.

Guidelines for Patients Use of Library Materials

Inpatients, housed outpatients, and their families and visitors may check out materials from the library. All materials must be checked out in the patient's name.

Outpatients and their families and visitors may use library materials in the library. In certain circumstances the library staff may allow items to be checked out by outpatients.

Patients are responsible for items checked out in their name. Please, make sure that all materials are returned to the library before you are discharged. Library materials may not leave the hospital and patients are financially responsible for materials not returned to the library.

The checkout period for movies and VCRs is one day and these items can only be renewed if others are not waiting for them. The checkout period for all other items is seven days and they may be renewed if no one else has asked for them. Materials may only be renewed twice.

Due to the demand on the collection, the following are limits to the number of items a patient may check out at one time:

  • Books and magazines: no limit
  • Video games: four total
  • Movies: four total
  • Audiotapes: five total

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

Other Resources