The University of Iowa

Glen Schaeffer Library

Glen Schaeffer

Honoree: Glen Schaeffer, 77 MFA


  • Earned an M.F.A. in fiction writing in 1977 at the University of Iowa
  • Primary donor for the new Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives
  • Schaeffer has maintained his commitment to and respect for the Writers Workshop. He visits Iowa City regularly, has provided students with important opportunities through the Schaeffer Fellowships, and has made generous contributions to the Workshop Library
  • Sits on the board of the National Poetry Series, is an avid collector of American minimalist paintings, and has a broad collection of first editions of American poetry, including many works by Walt Whitman, his favorite poet
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Glen Schaeffer Library


Description of facility:

This building is linked to the Dey House; a historic former residence housing the Writer's Workshop. Most graduate-level classes are held in the Glenn Schaeffer Library and Archives, which was newly built in 2006. The new building is also home to the Frank Conroy Reading Room, which currently holds over 3,700 books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction by Workshop alumni.

Address: 507 North Clinton Street
Year built: 2006
Additional building information: Schaeffer Library

Aerial View of Building