The Law Library is located within the Boyd Law Building and encompasses almost 60% (76,591 sq. ft.) of the building on four floors. Floors 1, 2 and 3 contain the American law collection; Floor 1 also contains the Boyd Presidential Collection and the legal fiction collection. The curved outer walls have many windows and skylights that bring abundant natural light to three levels via three-story-tall atria. The Ground Floor contains the foreign, comparative and international law collections, federal government documents, and records, briefs and appendices for the Second, Eighth and District of Columbia Circuit Courts of Appeals, as well as the Iowa Supreme Court. The library has an elevator to facilitate access by the physically-challenged.
An audiovisual room on the 1st Floor contains equipment and facilities for viewing and printing from the various formats of materials located therein, including US Supreme Court Records and Briefs, United Nations documents, NAACP Papers, and various federal and state primary and secondary sources. The 1st Floor also houses a 21-seat computer lab used for research and instruction, and a printing room that contains student printers as well as LexisNexis and Westlaw printers. The Ground Floor contains 29 closed carrels, 20 of which contain a computer workstation for use by law students. Each floor is equipped with public computer workstations to facilitate access to the library catalog (InfoHawk) and the Internet, photocopy machines and public restrooms. Click here for floor plans.
Second- and third-year law students are eligible for one of the 380 Internet-enabled and individually assigned student study carrels located on the Ground, 1st and 3rd Floors; open study tables dot the remainder of the open spaces in the library. Wireless access to the Internet is provided throughout the library.
The Circulation/Reserve Desk is located near the entrance to the library on the 2nd Floor of the Boyd Law Building. The Reference Desk is located in the middle of the same floor near several public computer workstations that facilitate legal research and reference assistance. Student computer support personnel are located in Law Library Room 130 to help students with laptop issues, computer lab problems, software issues and printing concerns. Library policies and rules may be found here.