Slide 1: Welcome to the University of Iowa Law Library
Text: The Law Library's entrance is located on the second floor of the Boyd Law Building, directly across the lobby from the main entrance into the building. A variety of guides for locating materials are available on the left after you enter the library. Computers are available on each floor of the library to access its collections and databases.
Slide 2: Circulation and the Reserve Collection
Text: The Circulation area immediately inside the Law Library's entrance houses Reserve items, recent newspapers, and items waiting to be shelved. Go to the Circulation Desk to check out books, request Reserve materials, and purchase Copicards.
Slide 3: Reading Area
Text: Students use the comfortable couches and newspapers and magazines in the reading area to take a break from the rigors of law school life. Anyone may use the computers in this area for conducting research, checking e-mail, or exploring the web.
Slide 4: Reference Desk
Text: Reference Librarians are available most hours that the Law Library is open. These professionals have significant experience and welcome your questions. If the librarian is away from the Reference Desk, ask the Circulation Desk staff to page the librarian.
Slide 5: Locating Materials
Text: The Law Library occupies four floors - the Ground to 3rd Floors. Consult the guides next to the elevator on each floor for assistance in locating Law Library materials. Detailed information about the library's services and collections is accessible through the Law Library User's Guide.
Slide 6 : Ground Floor - Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Materials
Text: The Ground Floor houses the library's extensive Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FCIL) collection. Select current issues of the library's 1500 FCIL journal subscriptions are available in a reading area, with bound materials located in compact shelving units. The collection features world-class holdings in international law and in foreign law for Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, France, Germany, India, Pakistan, and the European Union. The FCIL collection also offers print and/or electronic access to practically all treaties in the world, whether bilateral, multilateral, or historical.
Slide 7: Ground Floor - Additional Collections
Text: The Law Library is designated a U.S. Depository Library and receives about 25% of the government publications available for distribution through the program. Most of these materials are located in compact shelving on the east end of the Ground Floor. Oversize materials that cannot be shelved in other parts of the collection are located on special shelving located at the north side of the floor. The Ground Floor also houses the Boyd Collection of the writings of all United States Presidents, and an extensive Legal Fiction Collection.
Slide 8: 1st Floor Collections
Text: The 1st Floor contains legal treatises, forms, practice materials, looseleaf services, and other secondary materials relating to U.S. law. The Computer Lab, Print Lab, and Special Services/Audiovisual Room are also located on the 1st Floor.
Slide 9: 2nd Floor Collections
Text: The 2nd Floor of the Law Library houses a Core Collection of frequently used federal and Iowa legal materials, a collection of U.S. legal periodicals, and reference materials. It also contains the Circulation desk, Reference desk, and the offices of principal library administrators.
Slide 10: 2nd Floor Collections - U.S. Legal Periodicals
Text: Current issues of U.S. legal periodicals are displayed on slanted shelves to facilitate browsing. Older issues are bound into volumes and are shelved in the K1-K30 call number range on the 2nd floor.
Slide 11: 3rd Floor Collections
Text: The 3rd Floor of the Law Library houses primary and secondary legal materials for each U.S. state, the regional reporters and digests, and the Law Library's Rare Book Room.
Slide 12: Rare Book Room
Text: The Rare Book Room contains over 5,500 books that cover a broad range of topics. The oldest Law Library law book, Provinciale, seu, Constitutiones Anglie, was published in Paris in 1505. Two significant collections form the bulk of the library's holdings. The Leist collection, purchased in 1920, consists of German, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and canon law volumes. The Hammond Collection was donated by the estate of the first Chancellor of the University of Iowa College of Law and contains early English and civil law materials.
Slide 13: Study Space
Text: Each floor of the library contains spacious study tables and wireless network access. The Law Library assigns carrels to upper level students, foreign scholars, and graduate law scholars. Each carrel contains a data port for accessing the College of Law's network and a locked space.
Slide 14: Special Services/Audiovisual and Student Computing
Text: The Special Services/Audiovisual room is located in Room 130 of the library. Special Services houses microfiche, microfilm, a fax machine, and equipment for viewing microforms, videos, and DVDs. The Law, Lawyers & Popular Culture DVD Collection and Carver United Nations Documents Collection in microfiche are both located in Room 130, as are the Student Computing staff, who are available to assist students with their computing needs.
Slide 15: Computer Lab
Text: The Computer Lab, located in Room 174, provides 21 workstations that law students may use to support their legal studies. Occasionally, the lab is closed for legal research training. When the lab is closed, students can check out a key to a Ground Floor computer carrel at the Circulation Desk, or use the printing workstation outside the Print Lab in carrel C1-4 to quickly print a document.
Slide 16: Print Lab
Text: The Print Lab, located in Room 126, features several networked library printers for student use as well as the Lexis and Westlaw printers. The room contains a computer with an attached printer that anyone may use for printing documents with a Copicard, which can be purchased at the Circulation Desk.