The books look like works of art as much as literature. Carefully spread across the library tables, the volumes beckon to guests arriving at UI Special Collections—and these book lovers barely hang up their coats before they rush to run their hands over the worn covers.
In the digital age of the Kindle, iPad, and Nook, these people seize the opportunity to viscerally experience the leather, the paper, and to brush a finger along spines embossed in gleaming gold. They yearn to sit down with others, face-to-face, and talk about the eternal value of books.
A typical meeting of the Iowa Bibliophiles begins with time to touch, examine, and ooh-and-ah over the works a presenter has brought along for discussion that evening. A public program sponsored by the UI Libraries, the Bibliophiles have come together for more than a decade to consider various topics and collections, either from a speaker’s personal library or from the time capsule that Special Collections represents.