What's open, what's closed during winter break

Winter break begins this weekend and lasts a month. The first day of the spring semester, Jan. 17, is the Tuesday following the Martin Luther King Jr. Day university holiday.

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. 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 closed tightly.

  • 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.

During the period from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2 -- which includes three university holidays (Dec. 26, 27 and Jan. 2) and the second (Dec. 23) of two holidays Gov. Kim Reynolds awarded state employees -- senior leaders may approve requests for units to physically close their offices Dec. 28-30, effectively creating an 11-day closure for employee work-life balance. Procedures should be in place to handle incoming messages and any emergencies that arise.

Offices can operate on break hours throughout the month. Services for students should remain available because more than 1,600 students will be enrolled in the online four-week winter session. Coaching, consultations for writing and communications, and on-demand workshops with the Academic Success 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. 

Buildings typically unlocked during the week when classes are 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.

ISU central receiving and postal and parcel services also have adjusted services and hours of operation during the break.

Here's a rundown of what else is open and closed during the four-week winter break.

Ames/ISU Ice Arena

Closed Dec. 24-25. See online schedule for public skating hours. 

Chemistry Stores 

Closed Dec. 23-Jan. 3, except Dec. 28 when the store room is open 10 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. 17-Jan. 15, eliminating some routes and reducing frequency on others. 

Health and wellness

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

ISU Book Store

Closed Dec. 23-27, Dec. 31-Jan. 2. Open weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Open Dec. 18 and Jan. 15 at noon.

ISU Dining 

Closed Dec. 22-Jan. 2. Limited locations begin opening the first week of January, gradually expanding until spring semester starts. See online schedule for hours and menus. 

IT Solution Center

Open weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends noon-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 23-27, Dec. 31-Jan. 2.

Memorial Union

Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Dec. 18-Jan. 15, except for 11 a.m. opening on Sundays. Closing at 5 p.m. Dec. 23 and 30. Closed Dec. 24-27 and Dec. 31-Jan. 2. 

Parks Library

Closed Dec. 18, 23-27, Dec. 31-Jan. 2, Jan. 14. See online schedule for reduced hours Dec. 19-Jan. 15 and library department hours.

Recreation Services 

All facilities closed Dec. 23-27, 31-Jan. 2. Lied Recreation Athletic Center closed Dec. 17-Jan. 14. Beyer Hall and State Gym open weekdays 6 a.m.-8 p.m., weekends noon-6 p.m. 

Reiman Gardens

Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Open 5-8 p.m. for Winter Wonderscape Holiday Light Show Dec. 15-17, 22-24 and Dec. 29-Dec. 31.

Ticket offices

  • Athletics ticket office at Jacobson Building closed Dec. 23-29 and Jan. 2. Open Dec. 30 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Stephens Auditorium ticket office open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Dec. 23, 26-27. 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 with any emergencies. 

University Museums

All galleries closed Dec. 19-Jan. 15.