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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 .

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-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.
  • During the summer session and semester breaks: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

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

Via 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 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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