College Readership Program

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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 the following buildings across campus:

  • Burge Residence Hall
  • Hillcrest Residence Hall
  • Iowa Memorial Union first floor
  • Lindquist Center
  • Main Library
  • Mayflower Residence Hall
  • Old Capitol Centre
  • Pappajohn Business Building
  • Schaeffer Hall

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