Iowa State Memorial Union

Browsing Library and Chapel

The Memorial Union's Browsing Library and Chapel, located on first floor, have been a part of the Memorial Union since 1955. The library offers a unique refuge from the noise and confusion of daily life. Study -- read the newspaper-- browse an art book -- read a magazine - play chess - assemble a puzzle.

Located directly below Gold Star Hall, the memorial, the Browsing Library and Chapel, symbolize architect-designer W.T. Proudfoot's belief that the underpinnings of patriotism were deep religious convictions, a culture and literature of concern for high ideals, and a recorded history of dedication to those principles. The Browsing Library and The Chapel spaces were finished and furnished in about 1955, just after the 1950-53 northwest addition to the building.

Contact Info:

Phone: 515-294-4425
Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8am – 10pm, Friday 8am – 5pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday


Browsing Library 

Features and Services Available:

  • Computer work stations

  • Wide selection of books to browse 

  • Daily newspapers 

  • Popular magazines 

  • ISU Bomb Yearbooks, 1894-1994 

  • Music collection 

  • Games / Puzzles / Chessboard

About the Computers:

  • ISU's guidelines and policies for student computer labs apply to this lab

  • 9 Dell Computers available with university net ID log-in

  • Firefox web browser

  • Programs: 2003 Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Picture Manager, Publisher, Word, Acrobat and Acrobat Reader

  • Headphones available for checkout                  

The Chapel 

The Chapel is located at the north end of the Browsing Library. It is a drop-in, quiet space that is available during the Browsing Library's open hours.

Anyone may use the Chapel! It's a non-denominational space and perfect for prayer, reflection, or reading. Events are occasionally planned in the space, but this is rare. Reflection spaces are also available in the Multicultural Center on the second floor. 

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