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Using the Collection

Audio Tours

The Law Library's audio tours are one of the best ways for new law students to learn to use the Law Library. Download these to your own mp3 player or borrow a CD and CD player at the circulation desk on Sub-2. Be sure to pick up a handout at the circulation desk, or print one from here.

The Orientation Tour is a guide to the most important locations in the library, and it describes major reference and circulation services.


The Legal Research Basics Tour guides you through the steps to using basic legal research sources in print, including federal and state statutes, cases, digests, encyclopedias, restatements, annotations, and law journals.


Map of Underground Library

Download a map of the 3 sub-levels of the Underground Law Library and the call number locations found on each level.

Getting Library Materials

The library has an extensive collection of print and microform materials. For detailed information on how to find library materials, follow the link below.

Closed Stacks

About half of the collection is in closed stacks, from which books are pulled twice a day, Monday through Friday, and once a day Saturday and Sunday.  Please contact the Reference Desk to see if material you might need can be pulled before you arrive.

Re-Shelving Books

Each day our shelving staff pick up and re-shelve books on tables, in the copier rooms, or left in carrels (they will only re-shelve books from carrels if they are not checked out) as well as returned library books on carts and in book drop boxes. Most books are re-shelved within 24 hours of pick up. Notes asking shelving staff to leave books lying unattended on tables are not honored. If you need to have books held for you while you leave the library, take them to the Circulation Desk and ask that they be put on hold, or check them out to your carrel.

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