Circulation and Borrowing

Circulating Collections

The Law Library is primarily a research library. As a result, much of the collection, such as journals, reporters, codes, encyclopedias, and multi-volume treatises, does not circulate outside the building. Some of these volumes may circulate within the law building to faculty offices and student carrels. For more information about circulation, please contact the circulation staff at 319-335-9002.

Material missing from the shelves should be reported through a Search Request form available at the Circulation Desk. Library staff will search for the item. If the item cannot be located, and the patron makes a request, the staff person will attempt to obtain the material through interlibrary loan.

Borrowing Procedures

University of Iowa borrowers must present a current and authorized University of Iowa identification card.

Members of the Iowa Bar may borrow Law Library material with a special bar-coded card obtained after completing a form available at the Circulation Desk.

Non-University of Iowa persons may not borrow materials directly from the Law Library but may request materials through interlibrary loan at their local library.

Loan Periods

Circulating Law Library materials are subject to a recall at any time. Revised due dates are communicated via email. If a recalled item is not returned by the revised due date, borrowing privileges may be restricted.

Loan periods for circulating books and treatises vary according to the status of the borrower and the type of material.

Borrower Status Loan Period Multi-Volume K and JX Materials Legal Fiction
Law Faculty  Academic Year Semester 2 weeks
Law Student Carrels and Offices Semester Semester 2 weeks
Law Students Semester Library Use Only 2 weeks
UI Faculty and P&S Staff Semester Library Use Only 2 weeks
UI Graduate Students Semester Library Use Only 2 weeks
UI Undergraduate Honor Students Semester Library Use Only 2 weeks
UI Undergraduate Students 2 weeks Library Use Only 2 weeks
UI Merit Staff 4 weeks Library Use Only 2 weeks
Members of the Iowa Bar 2 weeks Library Use Only 2 weeks

Law, Lawyers, and Popular Culture DVD Collection

Law students, faculty, and staff may borrow DVDs from the Law, Lawyers, and Popular Culture (LexPopuli) DVD collection. A title list is available at Law, Lawyers & Popular Culture Collections. Borrowing is limited to 3 DVDs for 3 days. DVDs may be checked out from Special Services in Room 130. When exiting the Law Library, please give the DVDs to the circulation staff to pass around the security gate. Return DVDs to the Circulation Desk or Special Services in Room 130.

Return Procedures

All circulating library materials must be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk by the date due. If materials are not returned by the due date, the borrower will be notified. Borrowers receive two notices via email before a bill is issued from the University Business Office.

Lost Material

Library users will be billed for unreturned items according to the general University policy regarding replacement of lost library materials. All library materials checked out must be returned by their due date. The library charges users for any unreturned items.