Student Newsletter for August, 2018


Aug 22, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 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. Please note that the Law Library will close at 5 pm on Saturday, September 8 and at 6:30 pm on Saturday, September 15 due to late afternoon/early evening football games.

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 22, 2018

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 23. To sign-up for a carrel:

  1. Log into Westlaw at and select TWEN.
  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

Lexis and West Study Aids

Aug 22, 2018

The Law Library now subscribes to both West and Lexis Study Aids. These study aid subscriptions allow students to access some of the Law Library’s most popular study aids electronically.

The Lexis Study Aids subscription provides access to more than 160 study aids and includes the Understanding series, the Skills and Values series, the Mastering series, and the Q&A series.

The West Study Aids subscription provides access to more than 500 study aids and includes Hornbooks, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, Blackletter Outlines, and Quick Reviews, among other titles.

If you have questions about these subscriptions, please contact Ted Potter at

Printing and Student Computing

Aug 22, 2018

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. Black and white printing costs 3 cents per print side. Printing is automatically billed to your U-Bill account. 

When printing, select ITCPrinting/ITC-BW as your printer to print to the black and white printer in the Law Library.  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

If you would like to print to a color printer, select ITCPrinting/ITC-COLOR. You can then visit the Lauridsen Commons on the first floor to release your print job to the color printer located there. Note that color printing is 15 cents per print side.

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

Scanning and Photocopying

Aug 22, 2018

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.

Law Library Group Study Room

Aug 22, 2018

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.

Faculty Research Assistant Library Training

Aug 22, 2018

Are you a research assistant to a faculty member? On Thursday, August 30, 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. 

Interlibrary Loan and UBorrow

Aug 22, 2018

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.

If you need assistance with these new systems, please contact Eric Earhart,, who oversees interlibrary loan.