Reference and Research

Ask a Law Librarian

Please contact any of our reference librarians with your research questions. Reference librarians are available by phone or by email from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. The Reference Desk email is lawlib-ref@uiowa.edu, and the general phone number is (319) 335-9005 - please leave a message.

Librarian Office Email Telephone
Ellen Jones Law Library 374 ellen-jones@uiowa.edu 319-335-6829
Noëlle Sinclair Law Library 328 noelle-sinclair@uiowa.edu 319-335-9007
Ted Potter Law Library 238 ted-potter@uiowa.edu 319-335-9017
Druet Cameron Klugh Law Library 324 druet-klugh@uiowa.edu 319-335-9038
Don Ford Law Library 322 donald-ford@uiowa.edu 319-335-9068
Amy Koopmann Law Library 376 amy-koopmann@uiowa.edu 319-335-9823

Reference and Research Services

While the needs of the University of Iowa law students, faculty, and staff are first priority, the reference librarians also assist students, faculty and staff campus-wide, as well as members of Iowa government, attorneys, and members of the general public.

Reference Librarians may:

  • help patrons locate Law Library resources
  • instruct patrons in the use of library materials and electronic resources
  • suggest appropriate resources and research strategies
  • look up readily available information, such as legal citation verifications, addresses, or telephone numbers
  • assist patrons with locating resources not found in the law library collection
  • refer patrons to other libraries or institutions for materials

Reference Librarians are not allowed to:

  • conduct legal research on patron's behalf
  • interpret the law
  • provide legal advice
  • read statutes, cases, court rules, or definitions over the phone
  • confirm that resources currently are on the shelf and available to use

For more information regarding reference services, proceed to the policy on Legal Research and Legal Advice.