Pediatric patients have a library dedicated to their interests and needs located in the lobby of University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital (Level 1).

At the library you can check out:

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

Patients' Library

The Patients' Library is in the main hospital near Elevator F, Level 8. 

During Patients' Library hours, services will be provided to the UI Stead Family Children's Hospital when the children's library is closed.

Family 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 at 1-319-384-8908.

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.

Visit the Family Education Center to use X-Plain education on the iPads to learn more about health topics.

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.

Children's Story Hour

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. is children’s story time in the Janice and Bruce Ellig Children's Library at UI Stead Family Children's Hospital (Level 1). Children of all ages and their families are welcome. Stickers and bookmarks are a bonus at the end of these events.

Free Book Cart

A book cart stocked with free books has been provided by Children's Miracle Network and the Patients' Library.

Additional donations of new books come an annual fundraiser through Barnes and Noble a the Coral Ridge Mall, and from many members of the community and around the state for this service. Volunteers visit patients and help children select a book. Visitors to the Patients’ Library may also select a book from the Free Book Cart.

Room Delivery

If you wish to have materials from the library delivered directly to your room, please call 8-5678 on a hospital phone.

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.


The Patients' Library welcomes donations of new materials and volunteer time. Please contact the librarian at 1-319-384-8908 for details.