“To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.” – Dr. William Osler
The University Library is located in the Student Education Center and has been selected as a Resource Library by the National Library of Medicine.
6:30 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to midnight, Saturday and Sunday. The Library will be closed on all University holidays. Any other schedule changes will be posted in the Library.
Reference staff are available Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The Kendall Reed Rare Book Room is open by appointment only.
- 35,008 square feet
- Library has both reserve and board collections available at the front desk.
- Students have access to printers, copiers, and scanning equipment.
- Several anatomical models ranging from foot and skulls to full skeleton models.
- Over 3,000 journal titles available in print and online.
- A 23,000 volume medical print book collection and access to nearly 3,000 eBooks.
- 26,000 bound volume journal collection.
- Study areas, including 26 study and conference rooms with white boards.
Online Reference Tools
- Up To Date
- Cochrane Library
- AccessMedicine and Access Surgery
- Essential Evidence Plus
- Rehabilitation Reference Center
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Anatomy T.V.
- Natural Standard
- And many, many more!
Access and use
Materials may be checked out by University students and employees. DMU Library offers faculty, students and staff reference assistance as well as interlibrary loan privileges. The Library is open to the public 8 a.m. – 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Members of the public must use materials in the library.
Remote access to library resources
Des Moines University’s proxy server provides students and faculty with remote access to the Library’s electronic resources for scholarly research. Whether on campus or working off-campus, students and staff can access library resources through the Pulse or from ourLibGuides page, our website currently in development.
Kendall Reed Rare Book Room
The University Archives includes historical documents from the University Administration and personal papers from former faculty members. The historical book collection focuses on osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, medical education in the 19th and early 20th centuries, military medicine, and surgical anatomy.
The Des Moines University Historical Photograph Collection in the Iowa Heritage Digital Collection is a digital sample of the most popular images from the resources housed in the Kendall Reed Rare Book Room. They show the University’s three campus locations, early leaders, and student life. DMU’s pictures are located here
Library Memorial Fund Information
DMU has a memorial gifts program to benefit the library. This program allows donors an opportunity to honor the memory of someone close to their heart by making a gift to DMU. If you are interested in the memorial gifts program, contact the development office.