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:

Guidelines for Patient Use of the Library and Library Materials

This guide will help you use the libraries. Please call the library if you have any questions.


  • Computers in the library have printer access.
  • Library staff can help if needed.
  • There is wireless access throughout the hospital.

Electronics (Laptops, iPads, CD and DVD players)

  • There are a limited number of electronics for patients to check out.
    • Call the library to be put on a waiting list.
  • The library cannot guarantee requests. These are filled as they become available.
  • Return your electronic by:
    • Bringing it to the Patients’ Library or the Children’s Library. This is the safest way.
    • Calling the library at 6-2468 for pick-up if you cannot bring it.
    • Giving the electronic to a staff member. Be sure to get his or her full name if the library is closed. We will call you and ask for this person’s name so we can find it.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure your electronic device is returned to the library. 
    • Devices are checked out under the patient’s name, and a police report will be filed if not returned.

Fax Machine and Scanning

  • There is a fax machine for patients, visitors, and staff members.
  • Pages can be scanned to email.
  • Library staff can help patients and families.
  • Donations are welcome.

Health Information and Patient Education

  • There are two centers for patients and families to use. Both spaces can be reserved hourly for meetings. Ask the librarian to reserve the space.
    • The Patient Education Center (room 8016-A) in the Patients’ Library has Krames video education.
    • The Family Education Center (room 12220-B) in the Children’s Library has 2 iPads with X-Plain video education.
  • Patient education videos are on the Newborn Channel (channel 110) and the Patient Channel (channel 111).  
    • The Newborn Channel is in Spanish on channel 105.
  • The Tigr system has patient education movies on channels 120 to 125 and channel 127.
    • Go to channel 120 to learn how to use the Tigr system.
  • Staff can use software to make resources and patient education materials.
  • Call the library for a list of health videos.

Movies on Your TV

  • You can check out DVDs from the Patients’ Library.
  • Channels 106, 107, and 108 are movie channels. There is a movie channel guide that changes every three months.
    • Channel 104 has movies in Spanish.
  • You can stream some movies if you are in the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

Phone Charging

  • There is a phone charging station located in both libraries.
  • Library volunteers can pick up your phone and bring it back charged.


  • There is self-serve copy machine.
  • Donations are welcome.


  • You can print in the library. 
  • Donations are welcome.

Returning Materials

  • All materials can be brought to the Patients’ Library or Children’s Library to be returned.
  • You can also use the drop boxes to return materials.
    • They can be found throughout the hospital and in some family lounges. 
    • There is 1 drop box at each library.
  • Please return materials to the library in a timely manner so other patients may enjoy them.

Room Delivery and Pick-Up

  • Patients and their families can call the library at 6-2468 or 8-5678 to order or renew materials.
  • Call for deliveries to and pick-ups in a patient’s room:
    • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday
    • 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Story Hour

  • The Children’s Story Hour is on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Patients’ Library has a story hour the last Wednesday of each month at 2:30 p.m.
  • Go to the Library to listen in person and do an activity. 
  • Watch the first 30 minutes live on Channel 114.
  • If you are in Stead Family Children’s Hospital, you can watch on Oneview.
    • Go to the Entertainment Tile.
    • Choose the Child Life and Children’s Library HD channel.
    • Choose CH Tower Library HD.
  • Call the library and we can bring the story hour activity to you.