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The mission of Mercy College Library is to facilitate student success, to provide access to resources for the academic, professional and personal development of the Mercy College community and its affiliates, and to promote life-long learning and information literacy.


In addition to the five core values of Mercy College of Health Sciences, the Library values

  • Service: The Library is service-oriented first and foremost.
  • Collaboration: The Library values collaboration among its own staff, across the entire Mercy College community, and with local, state and national libraries, associations and consortia to advance the Library’s mission of serving others.
  • Access: The Library values free and open access to its services and collections.
  • Information Literacy:  The Library values teaching users how to gather, critically evaluate, and use information.

The library's goal is to support the students, faculty and staff of Mercy College by providing access to relevant, accurate information resources in a variety of formats within an appropriate environment. To assure equitable access and to support this environment, the following policies have been established.


With this mission and these values in mind the library endeavors to

  • Develop collections of sufficient quality, size, and diversity to support instruction and research.
  • Organize and provide effective access to these collections along with access to a variety of external information resources.
  • Teach formally and informally the skills and knowledge necessary for members of the Mercy College community to utilize information resources independently, critically, and efficiently using both traditional and evolving technology.
  • Provide a staff that collectively possesses the specialized skills necessary for the library to function in a diverse, global, and increasingly complex information environment.
  • Create an environment within the library and beyond that encourages research, collaboration, and life-long learning.


The Library is a dynamic member of the Mercy College community and provides equitable access to information for those on campus and those engaged in online education. The Library embraces and promotes change in its organization, collections, and services to meet current demands and anticipate future needs, and encourages and supports both independent and collabortive learning at all levels within the community.


The Mercy College Library, located in the Sullivan Center, was generously sponsored by the Mercy Auxilliary of Central Iowa during the construction of the building in 2005.


Mercy College of Health Sciences Library abides by all regulations of relevant sections in the Copyright Revision Act of 1976, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001.

Quiet Environment

The Mercy College Library strives to create an environment that is quiet and conducive for research and study. Examples of noisy behavior include, but are not limited to, loud talking, using cell phones and using audio-visual equipment without headphones. If a patron reports a noise or disturbance to a staff member, the staff member will ask the person(s) involved to be quiet or move to a study room. If a staff member receives a second complaint, the person(s) making the noise will be asked to leave the library.

Cell Phones

Patrons should turn all cell phones to silent before entering the library. All calls should be placed and answered outside the library. 

Quick Info

Library Hours

Call 643-6613 to confirm hours during breaks, holidays, and inclement weather.

Fall and Spring Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Summer Hours

  • Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday    5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Break Hours

  • Monday – Friday  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday CLOSED

The library has a book return in the main entrance of the Sullivan Center. Patrons can return materials after hours.

Public Library Access

The College Library is open to the public for medical research during the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.