American Law Collection

American Law Collection

Primary and secondary legal materials of all kinds and on all subjects relating to the law of the United States, the fifty states, and affiliated territories are collected. Legal material relating to Indian tribes in the United States is also collected comprehensively and in depth. A comprehensive, in-depth collection of treatises and monographs on the federal and state law of the United States, and closely related subjects, is also a very high priority, as are all periodicals on those subjects. Additional access to both primary and secondary materials is available through subscriptions to Westlaw, LexisNexis, HeinOnline, The Making of the Modern Law, and many other databases. Proceed to a complete list of Electronic Resources.

The Law Library holds an especially complete collection of federal and state primary legal materials and supplements, including at least one print copy updated in accordance with the publisher’s schedules. Legislation, laws, cases, regulations, and other legal documents of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the United States and all of its individual states and territories are collected in print, as available. Where primary law is only available electronically, the Law Library provides access via its website and InfoHawk, its online catalog.

Legal treatises, encyclopedias, dictionaries, commentaries, interpretations, and other materials about the law and legal institutions of the United States and its states and territories are collected comprehensively, as are other secondary materials on all aspects of American law. Publications of the various bar associations (ABA and state bars), the American Bar Foundation, the American Law Institute, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, legal theses, and selected CLE materials (e.g. PLI) are included. The Law Library’s collection of legal treatises and monographs is among the most complete in the country. Beyond the obvious topics of contracts, torts, property, constitutional law, legal history, intellectual property law, commercial law, procedure, civil rights law, labor law, criminal law, regulatory law, and the like, the Law Library acquires all law and law-related materials at a comprehensive level suited to support the College of Law’s curriculum and the in-depth research of its faculty and students.

Legal materials for all of the states are collected broadly. Basic primary and secondary legal materials are available for every state. The Law Library also holds an authoritative practice set and a legal encyclopedia for each state, when available. Materials for the State of Iowa are collected extensively. Our collection of Iowa’s legislative, executive and judicial documents is among the best in the state and the nation, and is utilized by a range of patrons from the local to the international (the latter typically via interlibrary loan). Materials from all contiguous states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Missouri) are collected heavily, as are materials from the larger states: California, New York, Texas, and Florida, and to only a slightly lesser extent Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.