Each building on campus will have its own distinct plan for promoting social distancing in common areas.
As a result, the way you typically get to classes, labs, and offices may have changed. Signage will be posted to direct you, but everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new procedures for each facility. Any changes will follow ADA and fire code requirements. 
The information on this page reflects current campus guidelines. Fall 2021 guidelines are available here.

Building Entry and Circulation Maps

View maps of the University of Iowa campus including interactive web-based maps and printable maps to take on the go with you.

What you can do

  1. Be mindful of signage and familiarize yourself with updated building procedures.
  2. Wear required face masks at all times while indoors, unless alone in a private office or residence hall room.
  3. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer stations upon entry and exit.
  4. Minimize time in communal spaces, hallways, and restrooms.
  5. Use supplies provided by the university to keep your work and learning spaces clean.

Building practices

You may see some of the following when navigating campus facilities:

  • Touchless door openers
  • Reorganized furniture in communal spaces
  • Hand sanitizer stations at entry/exit
  • Plexiglass barriers to create separation
  • Restrooms with designated entrances and exits
  • Designated traffic flows through buildings
  • Visitors should expect to use a counterclockwise circulation pattern

COVID-19 Building Practices

Other facilities

Please contact building coordinators directly or consult their websites for additional information and updates.

Students in front of Iowa Memorial Union

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU)

  • Follow signage and guidance for entry/exit procedures, density limits.
  • Online ordering and no contact pick-up options available for textbooks and Iowa Hawk Shop materials.
  • Limited seating in lounge spaces.
  • The IMU will partner with Academic Support and Retention to ensure social distancing for students attending supplemental instruction in the Academic Resource Center, in addition to providing online opportunities.
  • The Iowa House Hotel will be used for emergency room stays and isolation cases, if needed.
  • Food Pantry at Iowa will continue using a reservation system and will limit the number of individuals, including volunteers, present during operating hours.
  • The Clothing Closet will operate a sign-up process for clients similar to Food Pantry at Iowa.


Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Exterior

Recreational facilities

  • Recreational facilities are in the process of a phased re-opening.
  • Frequently asked questions are addressed on the website.
  • Membership fees were reinstated on Aug. 1, 2020. 
  • Face masks are required. Please bring your own. Recreational Services will not be providing face masks.
  • Advanced registration is required to use the facilities in order to adhere to density restrictions. You may register through the online registration system or through the Rec Serv app.
  • Timeslots can be reserved 24 hours in advance.
  • Saunas, steam rooms, towel service, and equipment checkout are not available until further notice.
  • Access to climbing wall, running tracks, and strength/cardio equipment may be limited in adherence with social distancing.
  • Swimming, tennis, and rowing facilities will adhere to state and national guidelines. 


"Please wear mask" sign foreground, student studying in background


  • Phased reopening to students, faculty, and staff began on August 17th, 2020
  • Frequently asked questions are addressed on the website.
  • No contact check-out and pickup will be available and all returned materials will be cleaned or quarantined.
  • Research consultations will be available online and by appointment. 
  • Work spaces like One Button Studio will be reserved and used by one individual at a time. 
  • All campus libraries will have shorter hours and some study areas will be unavailable. Some campus libraries will allow in-person access to the stacks. Please see item record in InfoHawk+ for access details.
  • Though in-person access to the Libraries will be restricted, campus and community members can request books from the stacks for pick-up or delivery.