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    The Amazing Law Library in Des Moines

    Can't seem to remember that obscure court ruling? Not sure about a specific law on the books in Iowa? Look no further than the second floor of the Iowa State Capitol. Here you will find the state of Iowa's law library.

    It's main feature (besides hundreds of thousands of books) are winding staircases on the North and South ends of the library. The rest of the library is finished in beautiful ash and chestnut with marble wainscoting. You can even find a well-preserved encaustic tile floor and several amazing lighting fixtures. This place is both immaculate and awe-inspiring.

    While open to tourists during visiting hours at the capitol building, the law library also provides Iowa lawmakers, government workers, and the legal community with a highly specialized collection of treatises and case law.

    The library also keeps original copies of the abstracts and arguments of the Iowa Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and materials produced by the Iowa legislature.

    The library in the Iowa State Capitol is no stranger to the media. Over the years it has frequently hosted reporters during the Iowa caucus. Most recently for the 2012 presidential election, CBS created a temporary news desk to record various broadcasts during the weeks leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucus. It was "news at 11" on the south side of the library, and business as usual on the north side.

    If you have the opportunity, don't miss the chance to take the free tour of the Iowa State Capitol complex and see this library for yourself. It is unlike any library you have seen before.

    Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


    Phone: 800-248-4483 or 515-281-5124

    E-mail: law@lib.state.ia.us

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