Law Library Maps
The four levels of the library are designated as lower level (LL), first floor (1), second floor (2), and third floor (3). Print maps of the Law Library are available in the literature rack in the library lobby and posted on each floor, near the stairs.
Finding Library Materials
A detailed Locator Guide (PDF), available in print in the literature rack, lists major titles and their locations.
For more complete access to the library collection, use the online catalog, which can be searched to find precise locations of books, journals, and other library materials. When using the catalog, note which library (Cowles or Law) holds the item, the location, and the call number.
Library catalog screenshot:
For information on finding journal articles in electronic databases, see the library's Articles page.
- Display Items (location shows in catalog as Display Case – Main Floor): Currently in one of the library's displays, but typically still available to check out. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance.
- Government Documents: lower level shelf sections L-8 through L-18. More government documents are available on microform.
- Index Table: tables on the southeast side of the first floor.
- Information Desk: just inside main library doors on first floor. Request desired volumes from Information Desk staff.
- Iowa Reference (location shows in catalog as Iowa Wing Reference): either side of the first table in the Iowa Wing on second floor.
- Iowa Wing: west side of the second floor. Shelf section numbers in the Iowa Wing are preceded by a capital "I" (e.g. I-4).
- Journals (location shows in catalog as periodicals.): older bound journals - east side of second floor. Most recent on reserve.
- Lower Level: lower level shelf sections L 1-8.
- Microfilm/Microfiche: lower level room LL03.
- Periodicals: east side of second floor (bound journals shelved alphabetically from south to north)
- Ready Reference: library lobby, opposite the Information Desk on first floor.
- Reference: by photocopy machines on first floor, on the shelves immediately to the south of the numbered shelves.
- Reserve: behind Information Desk, just inside main library doors on first floor. Request desired volumes from Information Desk staff.
- Stacks: the shelves on first through third floors that are not part of a special collection area. Call number information is detailed below. The stacks are organized from north (closest to Information Desk) to south on each floor.
- State Materials (other than Iowa): state statutes and digests (when available) are grouped together by state and arranged in alphabetical order by state name on the third floor in shelf sections 84-93. State Attorney General Opinions are available in microfiche in Room LL03 on the lower level. State reporters (historic) are grouped by state and arranged in alphabetical order by state name on the third floor in shelf sections 100-107. Superseded state materials are available during reference hours in compact shelving on the lower level.
- Tax Room: octagonal room at west end of the Iowa wing on second floor.
Call numbers with a location of Stacks, Tax Room, Iowa Reference, or Iowa Wing can be found on the following floors:
Other Room LocationsConference rooms
and study rooms
are located in several locations throughout the library. See the rooms
page for more details on rooms and reservations. (Law faculty, law staff, officially recognized law school student organizations, and law students needing a room for a class assignment requiring them to create a videorecording may make reservations.)
The first floor
- reference librarian offices, rooms 157, 165, 166, 167, and 169
- the library administration office, room 153, and director's office, room 154
- the interlibrary loan office, room 155 (ILLs may be picked up and dropped off at the Information Desk)
- the IT help center, room 174
The second floor
- the Perkins computer classroom, room 261
- the Selvy classroom, room 282
- the Computer Lab, room 260
- the Faculty Study Room, room 284
The lower level
This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)