Disability Resource Library

Iowa's Disability Resource Library

Serving people statewide.

Among Iowa’s libraries, the Disability Resource Library (DRL) in Iowa City is unique as an academic family resource center focused solely on disabilities throughout the lifespan.  Housed in the Center for Disabilities and Development on the University of Iowa campus, the library is staffed by a research librarian who can locate information on any number of disability-related topics.

At the same time the library is heart and soul a family- and person-centered resource that strives to respond to each client in his or her comfort zone.

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Our Services

Multi-format access.

We share information with our patrons through one-on-one consultation, newsletters, presentations, workshops and conferences.  The DRL has a disability reference collection enhanced many times over by access to the content-rich databases of the University of Iowa Libraries.

People with disabilities, parents, clinicians and professionals from all walks of life rely on us to provide concise information in the format in which they desire it.  Case in point: when a physician asked us for a Braille book in Spanish, we didn’t have one – we had two!

In our 20 years of existence, DRL librarians have fielded questions from every county in Iowa.  We deliver materials via the postal service or electronic record to your location. We have a collection of over 5,000 items that include books, CDs and DVDs, curriculum packages, assistive technology, and therapeutic toys.

Assistive Technology

The Disability Resource Library’s assistive technology collection is funded by the Iowa Program for Assistive Technology (IPAT), and includes educational technology and computer peripherals for loan as well as software for use on the library premises.  We also have alternative keyboards, innovative switches, and tablet interfaces.  It’s important to note that we do not sell this equipment; it is available for home or school trial for one month.

DRL Book Corner

Parenting Through the Storm: Find Help, Hope, and Strength When Your Child Has Psychological Problems

Ann Douglas. (2017) New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Parenting through the StormAward-winning parenting writer, Ann Douglas, explores family dynamics when learning disorders and psychosocial issues intervene. According to the author, “As you will see from the stories parents have contributed to this book, many children experience a cluster of different conditions: anxiety disorder plus ADHD; autism plus learning disabilities; Asperger syndrome plus obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The problems are rarely simple; nor are the methods for addressing them.”

“What these conditions have in common is the challenge they present to these children and their families. Families are facing a storm of stress, heartache, worry and hard work. If any of this describes your situations, then this book is for you.”

Contact the DRL

The Disability Resource Library is open weekdays (8:30-5:30) in the Center for Disabilities and Development on the University of Iowa medical campus.  There is never a charge for our services.  Our phone messaging system is available at all times: call toll-free, at 1-800-272-7713.  Local callers can reach us at 319-356-1345.  Find our catalog online.