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Professional librarians provide research guidance by recommending and explaining how to use sources and suggesting 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: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

Reference hours may 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 email us a request for reference assistance. (PC/Mac/Android email link and iPhone/iPad email link.) 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 with various topics, ranging from identifying resources in an area of the law to study aids for exams to finding articles using a known 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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