Parks Library photo

Parks Library

Official abbreviation: LIBRARY

Constructed in 1925
Additions built in 1961, 1969, 1983

Space in this building

325,488 total square feet

Floor Plans

All rooms in this building

Departments and space usage

Emergency Maps from Environmental Health and Safety

Building Open Hours

These don't reflect business hours for offices within the building; see office websites for business hours.
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
7:30 AM -
2:00 AM
7:30 AM -
2:00 AM
7:30 AM -
2:00 AM
7:30 AM -
2:00 AM
7:30 AM -
8:00 PM
10:00 AM -
8:00 PM
12:30 PM -
2:00 AM
Building Supervisor:
MCNEIL, MARY ELIZABETH
294-1442
mcneil@iastate.edu

Location

Street Address:

701 MORRILL RD
AMES, IA 50011-2102

Latitude:42.02821
Longitude:-93.64892

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Nearby parking lots

3D SketchUp Model from the Trimble Warehouse

Services / Maintenance / Projects

Current FP&M maintenance requests and projects

Utility outage log

Custodial Service is provided by Custodial Team 6

Mail Service by Postal and Parcel Services

  • 11:25 AM: Collection / Delivery (Room 0123)
  • 2:20 PM: Collection only (Room 0123)

Dumpster collection by Campus Services

  • Monday: between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM
  • Tuesday: between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM, between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM
  • Thursday: between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM, between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM
  • Friday: between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM, between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM

Recycling locations in this building

To request service, call 294-5100 or issue an online service request.

History

With the library at the heart of any major teaching and research institution, it is small wonder that Iowa State's Library has been transformed more over the years than any other building on campus.

In 1925 the first building for the Library and its holdings was dedicated on the site of the current Library. Prior to that time, written collections had been held in Old Main (1868-1891), Morrill Hall (1891-1914), and Beardshear Hall (1914-1925).

As early as 1928 the need for additional centralized stack space was recognized. The first addition to the Library was completed in 1961 and primarily involved stack and reader space on the west side of the original structure. The second addition, completed in 1969, involved the construction of multi-tier stacks and an extension of the first addition to the west and north.

The most recent addition to the Library, spearheaded by President W. Robert Parks and his wife Ellen, brought the Library to more than four times the size of the original building. More importantly, the improvements brought Iowa State's Library, renamed the William Robert Parks and Ellen Sorge Parks Library in 1984, recognition as one of the most outstanding collegiate library facilities in the United States.

The original Library, now dwarfed by the additions to it, houses some of the most revered art work on Iowa State's campus. Murals by Grant Wood in the 1930s and statues by Christian Petersen in the 1940s, artists of international stature with Iowa backgrounds, adorn the Library and bring together the University's commitment to research and the arts.