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The University of Iowa Law Library is delighted to announce an addition to our extensive Rare Book collection pertaining to Sir William Blackstone: The Palladium of Conscience (1773).

Looking for book recommendations? We have a vibrant community of scholars at Iowa Law. Our faculty read both for work and for pleasure. This is no surprise in Iowa City, home of the Writers’ Workshop and Prairie Lights Bookstore, and a UNESCO City of Literature.

The 1505 edition of William Lyndwood’s Provinciale is the oldest book in the Law Library. It was in major need of repair and now has been restored and rebound.

Looking forward to the summer or to graduation? Here is information on access to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law.

In this short video, Professor Paul Gowder discusses his book The Rule of Law in the Real World (Cambridge University Press 2016). The book gives a comprehensive new theory of the political and legal ideal known as "the rule of law": what it means (the coordinated collective control of power), why it matters (it constitutes a morally important kind of social equality), and how these properties should be taken into account in social scientific attempts to measure it as well as policy efforts to promote it.

The Law Library has a new group study room for two to eight law students, in Room 126.

The faculty of Iowa Law are prolific scholars. The Law Library is pleased to introduce a searchable bibliography of their scholarly publications.

Yun-chien Chang

We are delighted to announce that the Law Library’s Bonfield Fellow for 2016 will be Professor Yun-chien Chang.

Image of WIlliam Blackstone and Iowa Law 150 Years Logo

The Law Library’s Rare Book Room has many editions of Blackstone’s Commentaries, including the first edition published in England (1765-69) and the first edition published in America (1771-72). In honor of the 250th anniversary of the Commentaries and the 150th anniversary of the College of Law, the Law Library arranged for our first editions of Blackstone's treatise to be restored.


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