It was a celebration X 3 on October 1, 2004! A good portion of the fourth
floor of the Rod Library was transformed for an event to celebrate: 1) the
acquisition of the millionth volume, 2) the 40th Anniversary of the completion of the
first phase of construction of the Rod Library, 3) and to honor Donald O. Rod,
the library's namesake and director from 1953-1986, who
passed away in 2003.
In 1964, when the first phase of construction was completed, the
library housed 210,000 volumes. When the second phase was completed in
1975, the capacity of the library was 700,000 volumes. The fourth floor
addition (third phase) brought the capacity up to 1,100,000 in 1995. So
when it came time for the millionth volume to be added, it needed to be
a very special book. Wells' Pocket Hand-book of Iowa, published in 1857,
was the chosen book. It is a rare copy the Library acquired in good
condition. The book is housed in the Special Collections & Archives unit
of Rod Library, but the digital version is presented here. For more detailed information
about this book, please see the
essay of the Rod Library
Special Collections & Archives unit.
Also presented in this digital collection are the pamphlet, bookmark, and
photos that commemorate the event. The pamphlet contains a section of Twenty
Fun Facts about Rod Library. See if you know these facts: Which 5 buildings
on campus have housed the library?, What are "closed stacks" and how long
did the library have them?, How did UNISTAR get its name?