The University of Iowa
Nancy Kraft

Nancy Kraft watched the rain fall in May 2008 and felt a sense of foreboding.

She’d seen the heavy rain the previous autumn and the huge snowfalls over the winter, not just in Iowa but in southern Minnesota, the drainage area for the Iowa River. Now, the spring was adding to the waterlog with one torrential storm after another.

As she scanned the basement of the UI Main Library, she wondered how, if her worst fears were realized, the 500,000 books stored there would be moved to safer ground, along with holdings from Special Collections and a rare film collection.


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Publication Source: 
Iowa Now