What's open and closed during winter break

Winter break begins this weekend and lasts about a month, ending with the first day of the spring semester, Jan. 18, the Tuesday following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Many campus offices and services will reduce hours or close during break, especially during an 11-day partial campus shutdown Dec. 23-Jan. 2 -- a period that includes four university holidays (Dec. 23, 24, 27 and 31). 

Numerous services for students will remain available throughout winter break, as nearly 1,900 students will be enrolled in an online course during the four-week winter session. Coaching, tutoring, study sessions and consultations with the Academic Success Center and the Writing and Media Center will be offered online. Departmental student services also will remain open, though hours will vary and services may be offered online. Check department websites for details. 

Out-of-office energy checklist

Faculty and staff who will be out of the office for an extended time during the winter break should make sure their workspace is in energy-saving mode before they depart. Energy savings are one of the benefits of the optional partial shutdown period. Here are some tips:

  • Shut down all computers, printers and other accessories. Leave your office computer on if needed for remote access or critical operations, but turn off connected devices.

  • Turn off and unplug copiers, space heaters, coffee pots, microwaves, desk lamps, radios and chargers for electronic devices. 

  • Make sure faucets in restrooms and break rooms are turned off and not dripping. If you notice a dripping faucet, contact the FPM service center at 294-5100. 

  • Turn off office lights and public lighting, such as hallways, restrooms and conference rooms.

  • Check windows to make sure they're tightly closed.

  • If you can manually adjust the thermostat in your office, turn it down to 65 degrees. 

  • Shut down unnecessary climate-controlled plant growth chambers and close fume hood sashes completely, if possible. Otherwise, open them minimally. 

Buildings typically unlocked on weekdays in session often are locked during winter break. Consult the facilities planning and management building information listings to see building hours or to contact a building supervisor to arrange access. Units and departments should post winter break schedule and service adjustments publicly and in multiple places: websites, social media, phone messages and office doors, for instance.

Here’s a rundown of what else is open and closed -- and when -- during the winter break.

Ames/ISU Ice Arena 

Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. See online schedule for public skating hours. 

Chemistry Stores

Closed Dec. 23-31, except Dec. 29 when the store room is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for pick-up of in-stock items. No deliveries during winter break. 


No service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Service ends at 6 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. No Moonlight Express. Break schedule in effect Dec. 18-Jan. 16, eliminating some routes and reducing frequency on others. 

Health and wellness

Student Counseling Services and Thielen Student Health Center open weekdays 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., except Wednesdays when Thielen opens at 8:30 a.m.

ISU Book Store

Closed on university holidays (might be open Dec. 23) and on Sundays, except Dec. 19. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. 

ISU Dining

Closed Dec. 18-Jan. 2. Limited locations open beginning in the first week of January, gradually expanding until spring semester starts. See online schedule for hours and menus. 

IT Solution Center

Open weekdays 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends noon-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 23-27, 31, Jan. 1 and Jan. 17.

Memorial Union

Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 19-Jan. 11, with 11 a.m. opening on Sundays. Closed Dec. 23-28 and 31. Closing at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 and 30. South atrium open Dec. 23 and 28.

Parks Library

Closed Dec. 19, 23-27, 31 and Jan. 1 and 17. See online schedule for reduced hours Dec. 18-Jan. 16 and library department hours.

Recreation Services

All facilities closed Dec. 23-27, 31 and Jan. 1. Lied Recreation Athletic Center closed Dec. 18-Jan. 15. Beyer Hall and State Gym open weekdays 6 a.m.-8 p.m., weekends noon-6 p.m. See online schedule for more details. 

Reiman Gardens

Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open 5-8 p.m. for Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show Dec. 16-18, 23-24 and Dec. 30-Jan. 1.

Ticket offices

Athletics ticket office at Jacobson Building closed Dec. 23-27 and 30-31 and open Dec. 22, 28 and 29 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.). Hilton Coliseum ticket office opens an hour before games. Stephens Auditorium ticket office open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. through Dec. 22. Check online for updates.

Transportation Services

Closed Dec. 23-Jan. 2. Kiosk and fuel pumps available 24-7. Call after-hours line at 515-509-1686 for any emergencies. 

University Museums

All galleries closed Dec. 18-Jan. 17.