Student Newsletter for August, 2017


Aug 21, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year!  The Law Library is here to help with your legal research needs.  The Law Library’s entrance is located on the second floor of the law building.  If you are not familiar with the layout of the Law Library, see our maps page.  For the Law Library’s hours and reference hours, please visit the Law Library’s website.

For legal research assistance, visit the Reference Desk next to the reading area on the second floor.  We also offer research consultations.  To check out materials, access reserve items, or ask other questions, visit our Circulation Desk directly to the left of the library’s entrance.  The Law Library staff members look forward to working with you!

Carrel Sign-Up Procedure

Aug 21, 2017

The library provides carrels for law students to use. Please sign up for a carrel using the procedure outlined below. Returning 2L and 3L students who renewed their carrel assignment at the end of last year do not need to sign up again this year. If you have desk space in a journal office or in the clinic, you are not eligible to have a library carrel.

Sign-up for 1Ls begins Thursday, August 24. Reservations will be deleted for any 1Ls that sign up before this time, so please wait until August 24. To sign-up for a carrel:

  1. Log into Westlaw at and select TWEN from the top of the screen.
  2. Select the Add Course option and choose Law Library Carrels from the list of available courses.
  3. Open the Law Library Carrels course and choose “Carrel Sign-Up Sheets” from the left navigation pane.
  4. Select and sign-up for an available carrel.

Please sign-up for only one carrel. If you change your mind after sign-up and select a different carrel, please delete your previous selection. If you have any questions or issues with carrel sign-up, please contact Dawn Banovitz at or Kathy Hall at

Scanning and Photocopying

Aug 21, 2017

The Law Library has scanners available for student use on the first, second, and third floors.  The first and third floor scanners are flatbed scanners attached to computers.  The second floor scanner is a larger, stand-alone scanner, which includes the ability to email scans or save them to a USB flash drive.

Photocopying is available only through a coin operated machine, located next to the scanner on the second floor.  The machine accepts nickels, dimes, quarters, and dollar coins, and photocopying costs ten cents per page.

Printing and Student Computing

Aug 21, 2017

Computing services, including printing, are administered by Information Technology Services (ITS). Within the Law Library, printing is available at two printers located on the second floor behind the Reference Desk. Printing costs 3 cents per page, down from 5 cents per page. With the reduced per page printing price, students no longer receive a printing credit at the beginning of the semester. Printing is automatically billed to your U-Bill account. 

When printing, select ITCPrinting/ITC-BW as your printer.  Do not select ITC-Color, as the Law Library does not have a color printer.  You will need to use the print release station behind the Reference Desk after you have sent your job to the printer. To print from your laptop, please use

For more information about printing, please visit the ITS printing guide at

The dedicated Lexis printer is located in Room 134.

For computing support, students may visit the main Help Desk in the University Capitol Center or contact the Help Desk via phone, online chat, or e-mail.  ITS contact options are listed on their website at

Law Library Group Study Room

Aug 21, 2017

Room 126 is available as a study room for groups of two to eight law students. The room has two conference tables, a large computer monitor that can be connected to a laptop, and a whiteboard on a tripod easel.

The room may be reserved on Outlook for two-hour blocks of time. To reserve the room:

  • Log into your calendar on Office 365
  • Select “New” in the upper left corner
  • Add a title for the reservation (example: Con Law Study Group)
  • Select “Add Room,” and under BLB Resources, select RES-BLB126-LAWLIB
  • Make sure that the Private box is not checked
  • Click “Send” in the upper left corner

You will receive an email confirming the reservation. Recurring reservations, reservations outside of library operating hours or within half an hour of closing, and reservations with a duration longer than two hours will be rejected.

For questions or assistance, please visit the Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan and UBorrow

Aug 21, 2017

The Law Library has two systems to facilitate access to resources not owned by a University of Iowa library. You can now set up an interlibrary loan account and submit requests online by visiting this link and choosing Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery.

The other option available at the above link is UBorrow.  UBorrow allows you to search the catalogs from other Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions, the University of Chicago, and the Center for Research Libraries, and directly request circulating items. Books borrowed through UBorrow offer a generous twelve-week loan period, as well as an option to renew for four additional weeks.  Books requested through UBorrow will typically arrive within one week.  For more about UBorrow, as well as tutorials on using UBorrow, please visit this library guide.

Faculty Research Assistant Library Training

Aug 21, 2017

Are you a research assistant to a faculty member? On Thursday, August 31, at 12:45 pm in Room 285, the library is offering a training for faculty members’ new research assistants. The training will cover the basics of library use as an RA, including checking out materials, printing, and copying on behalf of faculty members, as well as introduce resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis that may be of use to RAs. 

New Wolters Kluwer Interface: Cheetah

Aug 21, 2017

The Law Library now has access to the Wolters Kluwer interface Cheetah. Cheetah will eventually replace Wolters Kluwer’s current platform, CCH IntelliConnect. The Law Library currently has access to both platforms.

Cheetah is intended to make locating Wolters Kluwer content easier and more intuitive. For more information about Cheetah, view the Cheetah Quick Start Card or visit access training and reference material here.

Wolters Kluwer Cheetah Interface

New Electronic Resources

Aug 21, 2017

The Law Library recently acquired a number of new electronic resources.

West Academic Study Aids

The West Academic Study Aids database contains study aids covering subjects across the law school curriculum, and beyond. The collection includes Hornbooks, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, and Flashcards. By creating an account, you can bookmark pages, highlight passages, and add notes. The database is accessible via law school computers, as well as off-campus computers and mobile devices. If you access the database using a mobile device, however, you cannot take notes, make highlights, or view flash cards.

Climate Change and the Law

Climate Change and the Law is a comprehensive collection of climate change and law documents, containing original source, non-edited and non-redacted “grey literature” (non-peer reviewed) in English, centered on climate change and the law. Incorporated in the category of ‘law’ is any discipline of law which addresses climate change, including corporate law, environmental law and human rights law. Materials in the collection originate from a wide range of organizations in the public and private sector, institutions, and individuals.

New HeinOnline Library: Philippine Law Collection

HeinOnline’s Philippine Law Collection includes more than 270 titles and over 410,000 pages relating to Philippine law. Of these, 114 titles and more than 110,000 pages are unique to this specific collection. Subjects include Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Procedure, Economic Reform, Foreign Policy, Insurance, Military Law, and Trade Regulations, among others. Browse the collection by title, author, date, and subject.

Single User Restroom/Lactation Room

Aug 21, 2017

A single user restroom/lactation room is available in Room 318 of the Law Library, on the west corner of the third floor. The single user restroom/lactation room is open during Law Library hours, which are posted on the Law Library’s website