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Using the Law Library 101: What We Offer in the Law Library

Study Areas

Gould Reading Room:

The reading room is open to all students during library hours and 24/7 to law school students. The Circulation and Reference Desks are also located here.


Carrels can be found from the Ground floor to the fourth floor. Carrels on the Ground, Basement, first floor and second floors are used on a first-come, first-served basis. Carrels B33, B34, B35 and B36 (located in the Basement floor) as well as those found on the fourth floor are reserved exclusively for J.S.D. students and visiting scholars.

Law Library Room Reservations:

The Law Library offers the Claudy Casual Reading Room, one room on the second floor, and two rooms on the east side of the fourth floor for group study. Additionally, it has two rooms on the Basement floor available for conducting interviews and a Squash Court. These rooms may be reserved online. Please note study room 271 is only available 8 am - 4 pm and it requires a key that must be picked up and dropped off at the Law Library Circulation desk at the beginning and end of the reserved time. 

Study Room - 471 
Study Room - 473 
Study Room - 271  
Claudy Casual Reading Room 
Squash Court 
Interview Room - B20A 
Interview Room - B20B 

Food is NOT allowed in any study area. Drinks are allowed with covered containers. There is a designated eating area located outside the reading room on the third floor.

 Click here to see maps of the libraries of all these locations. 

Lost and Found

Ask at the circulation desk or law school Registrar's Office for lost items. If you find something in the library, please return it to one of these locations.

Don't leave your personal items unattended. Ask your classmates to keep an eye on them or put them in your locker when you have to walk away for a while.


Popular Reading (Books, DVDs and Newspapers)

Want to read something just for fun? We have popular reading materials on reserve at the circulation desk. Loans are for two weeks, with one renewal allowed.

You can borrow more than just books from the law library. Check with the circulation desk to see if we have what you want!


We also have a popular DVD Collection for you to check out!

Print, Scan, Copy, Charge Phone


Six Net Printers are located in the law library area: You can select from "Law Library Net Print 1", "MTH Computer Lab Room Color", "MTH Computer Lab Room 372", "MTH Computer Lab Room 373", "MTH Computer Lab Room 374", and "MTH Computer Lab Room 375". "Law Library Net Print 1" is located outside the reading room and close to the eating area; all other printers are in the computer lab.

The cost for black and white printing is 10 cents per page (color printing is available for a fee as well). You can also install Net-Print software on your own laptop.


The two scanners in the law library are both free to use. One scanner is in the reading room in alcove 45-46. The other one is outside the reading room and close to the eating area. You can scan your documents and save them to a USB drive or send via email.

Photocopy machine:

The scanner outside the reading room is also a photocopy machine. You will need to buy a copy card to make print copies. Detailed instructions on how to purchase a copy card and how to use the copy machine can be found by the machine.

Phone charger:

Forgot your phone charger? We have three free phone-charging stations. One is in the reading room next to the scanner, another one in the first floor in the carrel area, and one in the Ground floor next to the microfilm reader.  

Special Collections

The Law Library offers rich special collections resources. Some of these materials were originally in print and have been digitized, click below to access them.

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