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Law Library User's Guide: General Information

A guide to the services, collections, locations, policies and rules of the Law Library.


Standard library hours during the academic year are:

  • Monday-Thursday, 7:30 am to Midnight
  • Friday, 7:30 am to 10:00 pm
  • Saturday, 9:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Sunday, Noon to Midnight

For current hours, please go to the Law Library Hours web page.

For finals, the library will remain open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and will open at 10 a.m. on Sundays. 

Closing Time: Vacating the library by closing time is mandatory. Warning chimes are sounded thirty minutes before closing; the computer and print labs are locked 15 minutes before closing. Please pack up and leave the library shortly after the chimes sound.

The library is open on two holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, and Labor Day. Holiday and interim hours will be posted.

Lost & Found

The library maintains a lost-and-found area at the Circulation Desk. Personal belongings left in the library will be placed in lost and found and held until the end of the week. Items not claimed by the end of the week will be sent to the University Lost and Found at 809 University Capitol Center.


Restrooms for men and women are located on every level within the library. On Level G they are rooms 42 and 44 along the east wall. On the upper levels the last two digits are 70 and 72; thus, women's restrooms are numbered 170, 270, and 370. The restrooms are located on the southeast wall of each upper floor.

Security System & Emergency Exits

Security System

An alarm gate security system is in place at the only entrance and exit of the library. If the alarm sounds as you exit, please go to the Circulation Desk and consult with the library employee on duty concerning the cause of the alarm.

Emergency Exits

The fire emergency doors within the library are highly visible and well-marked. Since they are wired into an alarm system, these doors are to be used ONLY in case of emergency.

Seminar, Conference, and Study Areas

There are two areas within the library which may be reserved for law school functions such as authority checks, small group discussions, or study groups. Both areas are on Level G. One area is at the far east end of the government documents compact shelving; the other is at the west end of government documents. These areas may be reserved for four hours at a time by signing up at the Circulation Desk. Authority Checks have the highest priority for use of these areas.

Telephone and Emergency Messages

The Law Library does not have a paging system, so messages may not reach you in the library. If you are anticipating a situation where you may need to be contacted while you are in the library, please bring a cell phone and/or plan on checking your e-mail.

Please do not tape messages to any door or wall of the library.

Use of Other Libraries on Campus

The collections of other libraries on the University of Iowa campus are available to members of the law school community. A current UI ID card is required to borrow materials from Main Library or other University libraries. Non-University patrons may use University Libraries, but patrons must request borrowing privileges at the Main Library. An Iowa attorney borrowing card from the Law Library does not confer borrowing privileges at any other campus library; an attorney must obtain borrowing privileges from the Main Library.


The University of Iowa Law Library is a research library and is open to all persons having a legitimate need to use the collections. Use by persons who are not members of the University community is encouraged so long as it does not interfere with the primary mission of the library, which is to support the teaching and research activities of the law school. In order to use university computer equipment, non-UI community users, including members of the bar, must obtain a guest ID. To acquire a guest ID, one must produce a government-issued identification card and provide either an e-mail address or a telephone number. The guest ID is valid for up to 3 days; thereafter, a new guest ID must be acquired.

Members of the Iowa State Bar may register and obtain a borrowing card at the Circulation Desk. Eligible items may be borrowed for 2 weeks at a time; renewals in person are required. If you need any assistance, inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Activity or behavior that is considered distracting or disturbing to other patrons is not permitted. Threatening or dangerous behavior will be reported immediately to the University of Iowa Public Safety Office.