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Please note that our reference librarians cannot specify which laws apply to a situation, interpret the law, give legal advice, or conduct legal research for you. For more information, see the complete reference policy.

In Person

During all library hours, staff members are available at the Information Desk to answer questions about the library and help locate library materials. Professional reference librarians are also available to provide research guidance during the library's reference hours:
  • During the academic year: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • During the summer session and semester breaks: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Reference hours may also vary for holidays and other reasons. Check the hours page or call 271-3189 for the most current information.

Via Phone

If you wish to consult with a reference librarian by phone, call (515) 271-3189 and ask to speak to a reference librarian.

Research Guides

Librarians have prepared a number of research guides to assist you. If you need someone to provide legal advice or conduct legal research on your behalf, you may wish to contact an attorney. The library's research guides include handouts entitled Help Finding an Attorney and Help Resolving Disputes without Going to Court.

State Law Library

Legal researchers are welcome to use the State Law Library of Iowa on the second floor of the state capitol building. In addition to print materials, the library offers two Westlaw public access workstations. E-mail them at or call them at 515-281-5124. The State Law Library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Last Modified: 7/15/2015 2:37:00 PM by Rebecca Lutkenhaus