Collegiate Readership Program

Program History

The Collegiate Readership Program (CRP), originally created at Penn State University, currently reaches nearly 500 colleges and universities. Through the CRP, the UI provides students with a diverse selection of newspapers available at the 'swipe of a card'. Using your ID card, you can access daily copies of USA Today, the Iowa City Press-Citizen, New York Times, and the Des Moines Register. The Financial Times is available in the Pappajohn Business Building. All papers are provided through student fees and there is no additional cost to students - a student ID swipe simply helps to monitor readership and program usage.


The University of Iowa’s mission of teaching, research and service is supported through an emphasis on core values such as excellence, learning, community, and diversity. The UI’s emphasis on providing programs that foster intellectual vitality and habits of lifelong learning is enhanced through a daily newspaper program. The Collegiate Readership Program, coordinated by USA Today, benefits UI students and the UI campus by using newspaper readership to create more informed and engaged citizens, stimulating a greater understanding of events beyond the UI campus, and providing real world examples of course theory in practice.


Newspaper kiosks are conveniently located in over 25 buildings across campus:

  • Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building
  • Biology Building East
  • Bowen Science Building
  • Boyd Law Building
  • Burge Residence Hall
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
  • College of Public Health
  • English-Philosophy Building
  • Field House
  • Hardin Library for Health Sciences
  • Hillcrest Residence Hall
  • Iowa Memorial Union
  • Lindquist Center
  • Macbride Hall
  • Main Library
  • Mayflower Residence Hall
  • Medical Education and Research Facility
  • Nursing Building
  • Pappajohn Business Building
  • Pharmacy Building
  • Schaeffer Hall
  • Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences
  • Studio Arts Building
  • University Capitol Centre
  • Van Allen Hall

Note: During the summer class sessions only the following locations are in use - Hardin Library, Iowa Memorial Union, Main Library, and Schaeffer Hall.

New York Times Online Access

Students, faculty and staff can log on to with their e-mail address for 24 hours of FREE access to the New York Times online.