About this journal

From 1964 to 1996, Books at Iowa, (ISSN 0006-7474 (Print); ISSN 2378-4830 (Online); ISSN-L 0006-7474 (Linking ISSN)), published twice a year by the Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries, described collections and acquisitions on a wide range of subjects. The 65 issues stand as a lasting source of information on the University of Iowa Libraries’ key collecting areas.

The large image on articles is "Special Collections reading room in Main Library, The University of Iowa, 1972", by Frederick W. Kent.

Editorial History

  • 1964–1966: Warner Barnes
  • 1966–1986: Frank Paluka
  • 1986–1996: Robert A. McCown

Indexing Information

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Open Access Policy

This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or their institution. The journal allows readers to read, download, print, search, or link to the full texts of its articles, without asking prior permission from the copyright holder. Requests for permission to reuse the articles should be sent to the University of Iowa Special Collections.

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Preservation Status

Books at Iowa is preserved in Portico and the LOCKSS Archive.


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