Patients' Library

At the Patients' Library (Elevator F, Level 8), you'll find a quiet comfortable place to read, explore, and learn about your health.

At the library you can check out:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • iPads
  • Laptop computers
  • Music
  • Movies
  • DVD players
  • Video game consoles
  • Video games

A second library, dedicated to children, is located in the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital.

Patient Education 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.

The Patient Education Center is a room where patients and families can use the computers or meet with medical staff in a more private setting. To find out about reserving this room, please contact the librarian.

The Patients’ Library also offers access to the TiGR On-Demand Education system with many education videos to watch on channels 120 through 125. The Patient Channel can be found on Channel 111 and has many topics that run in a loop each day.

Can't find the information you're looking for online? Call the Patients’ Library or stop by. You can also visit MedLinePlus for a library of information on health topics from the National Library of Medicine.

¿No puede encontrar la información que está buscando por internet? Llame a la Biblioteca de Pacientes o pase por allí. También puede visitar MedLinePlus para obtener una biblioteca de información sobre temas de salud de la biblioteca nacional de medicina.

Patient Education Videos

We offer educational videos online for your use. Watch them to learn more about your health. They are also available in Spanish (Español).

Please talk with your health care team if you have any questions. These videos are for general information and are not specific medical advice.

Room Delivery

If you wish to have materials from the library delivered directly to your room, please call 6-2468 on a hospital phone to place your request.

Other Services

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

  • Scanning to email
  • Fax assistance
  • Photocopying
  • Printing

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

Take a Video Tour

Director Mindy Egeland talks about the purpose of Patients' Library at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and what items are available there.


The Patients' Library welcomes donations of new materials and volunteer time. Please contact the librarian for details.

Donating Opportunities: