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New website aims to reduce barriers to legal resources


Iowa (KCRG) – The People’s Law Library of Iowa is a new website that serves as an accessible resource for understanding state law and legal resources in Iowa.

The Iowa State Library and the Unemployment Insurance Law Library worked together for about a year to develop the website. Currently, he focuses on three topics: consumer law, family law and landlord/tenant law. It also offers tips on researching legal issues, a glossary of over 100 legal terms, and more. Director of the University of Iowa Law Library, Carissa Vogel, says it’s important to reduce barriers to accessing these essential resources.

“We know there’s a huge barrier from having a problem or a problem to knowing how to get help, right. We know the help is there,” says Vogel, “The courts know deeply that their help is there, but sometimes it’s hard for people to know when they’re going where for what.

Vogel says they have already chosen the next three topics to focus on, which will be immigration, veterans affairs, and labor and employment. She added that they are always looking for feedback on the site’s user needs.

Funding for the site came from the American Rescue Plan Act.

“We are thrilled to provide this resource to the people of Iowa,” said State Librarian Michael Scott. “Our goal with the People’s Law Library of Iowa is to provide a trusted, reliable source of information about Iowa laws free of legalese that the average person can easily understand. This website will help Iowans understand their rights and feel empowered as they navigate the legal system.

You can access the site here.