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SuperSearch: Finding Materials in the Library

Using SuperSearch to Find Library Shelf Locations

All items in the library's physical collection are included in SuperSearch. To find them, you want to note the library, location, and call number, as explained below.

When you first find an item in the catalog, you will see a screen similar to this:Annotated version of an initial SuperSearch result

Although you can see the library, location, and call number from this screen, anytime that message includes "and other locations," it is a good idea to click on that line to open a more detailed view of the item location. You will then see something like this:

Annotated version of the detailed catalog view


Law Library Locations and Call Numbers

Go to the right Law Library collection location and then find the item by call number or alphabetically.

Bound Periodicals: East side of the second floor. Shelved alphabetically from south to north.

Compact Shelving: Storage location on the lower level. Ask staff for assistance.

Government Documents: Lower level shelf sections L-8 through L-18. More government documents are available on microform. 

Index Shelving: Shelving east of the reference shelves/printers on the first floor that contains the Restatements (shelved alphabetically).

Information Desk: Just inside main library doors on the first floor. Request desired volumes from Information Desk staff for two-hour, in-library loan.

Iowa Reference: Either side of the first table in the Iowa Wing on the second floor. Shelved by call number.

Iowa Wing: West side of the second floor where call numbers KFI 4200 to 4799 are shelved. Shelf section numbers in the Iowa Wing are preceded by a capital "I" (e.g. I-4). Shelved by call number.

Library Lobby: DVD shelving by the east windows just inside the main library doors on the first floor.

Lower Level: Lower level shelf sections L 1-8.

Microform Room: Microfilm/microfiche are housed in lower level room LL03.

On Display: Currently in one of the library's displays, but typically still available to check out. Ask at the Information Desk for assistance.

Ready Reference: Library lobby, opposite the Information Desk on the first floor.

Reference: By copiers/printers on the first floor, on the shelves immediately to the south of the numbered shelves.

Reserve Room: Behind the Information Desk, just inside the main library doors on the first floor. Request desired volumes from Information Desk staff for two-hour, in-library loan.

Stacks: Shelves on first through third floors that are not part of a special collection area. The stacks are organized from south (closest to Information Desk) to north on each floor. Call numbers with a location of Stacks, Tax Room, Iowa Reference, or Iowa Wing can be found on the following floors:

Tax Room: Octagonal room at west end of the Iowa wing on the second floor where call numbers KF 6200 to KF 6999 are shelved.

Library Maps and Locator Guide

The four levels of the library are designated as lower level (LL), first floor (1), second floor (2), and third floor (3). Print maps of the Law Library are available in the literature rack in the library lobby and posted on each floor, near the stairs. 

The Library Locator Guide (PDF), available in print in the literature rack, lists major titles and their locations.

Government Depository

  This library is a Congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents.

  Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

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