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Access to the Law Library

The University of Michigan Law School welcomes researchers to the underground Smith Addition to use the collection, including U.S. depository materials, for their legal research. Those with no legal research need are welcome to use the unrestricted portion of the Reading Room, which is open for general study.

Who May Enter the Smith Addition

  • By showing identification as follows:
    • UM Law School Faculty and Students: A current U of M ID which is verifiable in the Law Library database
    • UM Faculty: A UMID which can be verified in the directory, with status of professor (assistant, associate, emeritus)
    • UM Regents: A picture ID or UMID
    • Attorneys: A valid Bar card from any state or country. Attorneys from jurisdictions without Bar cards should apply for a research pass at the Reference Desk
  • By obtaining or showing one of the following passes:
    • Visitors: please pick up a Visitor Pass at the Entrance Gate or Reference Desk to look around the building for a short time
    • Others: please apply for a research pass at the Reference Desk

Questions regarding the Access Policy should be directed to:

Barbara Garavaglia
Director and Librarian

Circulation Policy

The Law Library is a research library and the books in the collection must be available for immediate use. Therefore, materials do not circulate out of the library. However, most books in the Law Library may circulate to offices or carrels within the Legal Research Complex if properly charged to such offices or carrels. Most materials housed in the Reserve area on Sub-2 may be charged for 4-hour use within the Library although they may not be charged to office or carrels.

Books from non-circulating collections such as REF COLL, RESERVES or RR may not be charged to carrels or offices.

Pass Applications

Individuals should apply for passes at the Reference Desk on Sub-1. We ask for documentation of your need and identification. If you have questions, call 734-764-9324.

An instructor may obtain passes for his/her class by contacting Alex Zhang at 734-764-6151 or

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