Student Newsletter for August, 2019

Welcome

Aug 27, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 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 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, due to an evening University of Iowa football game. The Law Library will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day holiday. The Law Library will not have reference service on Labor Day.

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 the Circulation Desk directly to the left of the library’s entrance.

For more on the Law Library and our staff, visit the Law Library’s website. The Law Library's staff members look forward to working with you!

Carrel Sign-Up Procedure

Aug 27, 2019

Returning Students

If you are a returning student who informed us that you desired to change your carrel assignment, you may do so August 27-28 via TWEN. After you have chosen your new carrel, please remember to delete your previous carrel assignment and to promptly transfer any personal items to your new carrel so that your previous carrel is available to other students.

Carrel combinations will be available at the Law Library circulation desk.

Please note: To qualify for an assigned carrel, you must be an enrolled student. If you have carrel or desk space elsewhere in BLB (for example, in Legal Clinic, Law Review, TLCP, JCL, or JGRJ), you will not be eligible for a carrel in the Law Library while you have alternative space. (https://library.law.uiowa.edu/student-services#StudyCarrels).

New Students

If you are a new student and you would like to sign up for a Law Library Carrel, you may do so beginning Thursday, August 29at 7:30 a.m. by following these steps:

  1. Log into Westlaw at https://lawschool.westlaw.com 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 on the left navigation pane.
  4. Select and sign-up for an available carrel.

Carrel combinations will be available at the Law Library circulation desk.

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties signing up for a carrel, please contact either Kevin Burford, kevin-burford@uiowa.edu, or Dawn Banovitz, dawn-banovitz@uiowa.edu.

Lexis and West Study Aids

Aug 27, 2019

The Law Library 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 200 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 600 study aids and includes Hornbooks, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Gilbert Law Summaries, Black Letter Outlines, and Quick Reviews, among other titles.

If you have questions about these subscriptions, please contact Ted Potter at ted-potter@uiowa.edu.

Printing and Student Computing

Aug 27, 2019

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. 

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 printing.its.uiowa.edu

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 http://its.uiowa.edu/itcprinting.

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 http://its.uiowa.edu/contact.

Scanning and Photocopying

Aug 27, 2019

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 27, 2019

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.

Photo of the Law Library Computer Lab

Remodeled Law Library Computer Lab

Aug 27, 2019

The Law Library recently remodeled the Computer Lab, located in Room 174 on the first floor of the Law Library. The eight computers in the lab have dual monitors. The desks that house the computers allow you to transition between sitting and standing while you work using a small button on the right corner of the desk.

While the Computer Lab does not currently have a printer, you can print to the second-floor printer from these computers. A printer will be installed in the lab later this fall.

Faculty Research Assistant Library Training

Aug 27, 2019

Are you a research assistant to a faculty member? On Friday, September 6 at 12:40 p.m. 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 a research assistant, as well as introduce resources beyond Westlaw and Lexis that may be of use to RAs. 

If you have questions about this training, please contact Ellen Jones at ellen-jones@uiowa.edu.

Interlibrary Loan and UBorrow

Aug 27, 2019

The Law Library has two systems to facilitate access to resources not owned by a University of Iowa library. You can 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 systems, please contact Eric Earhart, eric-earhart@uiowa.edu, who oversees interlibrary loan.

Law Library Food and Drink Policy

Aug 27, 2019

No food is allowed in the Law Library, including in Law Library carrels. This rule is in place to protect the Law Library’s important print collection and physical facilities.

Drinks are allowed in approved containers, including twist-top bottles. If you have a question regarding your drink container, please visit the Circulation Desk.