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Law Library User's Guide: Facilities

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


Full-time first-, second-, and third-year law students, as well as LL.M. and eligible international students are eligible to obtain a Law Library carrel. On specified days at the start of each semester, eligible students may select a carrel from those available. A student may keep the assigned carrel as long as resident, full-time law school enrollment status is maintained, but if the student accepts a carrel or desk in another area of the law school (e.g., Iowa Law Review, TLCP, JCL, JGRJ, or Legal Clinic), the student must give up her/his carrel. Users may not tape items on the wood of their carrel, nor may they store items on top of their carrel; the carrels should be kept neat. Students who have an assigned carrel should purchase and use a security cable to protect themselves from theft; those who wish to use the Ethernet outlet must provide their own Ethernet cable.

All books and other materials must be checked out before removing them from the Law Library or keeping them in a study carrel.

Contact the Circulation Desk in the Law Library for additional information concerning Law Library carrels. They may be reached at (319) 335-9002.


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 in the east wing. One area is at the far east end of the compact shelving; the other is at the west end of compact shelving. 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.


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.