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Professional librarians provide research guidance in person and by phone. Librarians can also suggest research sources, explain how to use these sources, and suggest additional research strategies.

Note: 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 Law Library Reference Policy.

Reference Hours

Professional reference librarians are available to provide research guidance during the library's reference hours:

  • During the academic year: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
  • During the summer session and semester breaks: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

Reference hours may also vary for holidays and other reasons. Check the Law Library hours or call 515-271-3189.

Contact Options

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. 

During reference hours, you can also request a librarian's assistance by asking at the Information Desk.

Via Phone:
Call 515-271-3189 during reference hours and ask to speak to a reference librarian.

Email Option For Drake Faculty, Staff, and Students:

Current Drake faculty, staff, and students may request reference assistance via email. Please use your Drake email account to send us a request. Requests may be sent at any time, and librarians will respond during reference hours.

Research Guides

Librarians have prepared a number of research guides to assist you on various topics, from resources for different areas of the law to study aids for exams to finding articles using a citation.

To access the research guides, visit

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 Finding an Attorney and Dispute Resolution Assistance.

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