Skip to Main Content

Borrowing Books and Other Materials: Checkout Privileges

Please note that by checking out items from the Law Library, you agree to abide by all applicable library policies, including returning or renewing items by their due dates and paying assigned fees for any lost or damaged materials.

Who May Check Out Materials

Drake students, faculty, and staff (from any part of the University) may check out circulating materials using their current Drake ID card.

Members of the Iowa bar and Drake University graduates in good standing may also obtain an individual Drake Law Library card by bringing a completed application for individual checkout privileges and a current photo ID to the Information Desk.

Download the ‌Application for Library Individual Checkout Privileges or pick one up at the library.

Law firms or legal departments that wish to establish institutional, as opposed to individual, borrowing privileges may complete the application for institutional checkout privileges. This form requires that the firm or department designate an individual as the responsible party who, along with the organization, will be responsible for all use of this account including lost, overdue, or damaged material borrowed from the Law Library.

Download the Application for Library Institutional Borrower Privileges.

Other users wishing to borrow materials from the collection may request them via interlibrary loan from their public library or the library where they are an enrolled student.

In rare cases, the library director may authorize other users, such as visiting scholars, to check out a limited number of materials. To initiate that request, bring a completed application for individual checkout privileges and a current photo ID to the Information Desk.

Faculty Proxy Checkout

Drake faculty members may authorize one or more other people to check out library materials for them on the faculty member's account. This authorization is usually extended to staff or students who are assisting the faculty member in his/her research and is good at both the Law Library and Cowles Library.

Library materials are checked out on the faculty member’s card and receive faculty loan periods. The faculty member specifies the length of the authorization, typically ongoing for staff or the end of the academic year for students.

The faculty member is responsible for all library materials checked out to his or her account, including those materials that his or her proxy checks out.

A faculty member wishing to authorize someone else to check out materials in his/her name should download a Proxy Borrower’s Request Form.

The form may be submitted via email to, or the faculty member may turn it in at the Law Library Information Desk. If submitting the form in hard copy at the desk, the faculty member should bring his or her Drake ID for identity verification. Forms will be processed during regular Drake office hours; for forms submitted electronically, a confirmation email will be sent when the proxy is established.

To check out library materials for a faculty member, the authorized proxy must tell the person working at the Information Desk that he/she is checking out materials as a proxy for the faculty member.

Drake Law Library Circulation Forms

Law Library Gates

Law Library materials have security sensors. If the alarm sounds when you are leaving the library, return to the desk so that circulation staff may ensure any law library materials you have are properly checked out.

Law Library Web Site · Locator Guide & Maps · Hours · Interlibrary Loan · Ask A Librarian

Drake University Law Library • 2604 Forest Ave. • Des Moines, Iowa 50311-3014