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Law Student's Guide to the Law Library

This guide will help you navigate the resources and services available through the Law Library.

Accessing Reserves

Accessing Reserves

Reserve materials are kept behind the circulation desk and are available upon request. The Reserve Collection includes high demand materials (e.g. study aids, Restatement volumes, West's Hornbook and Nutshells series, recent Minnesota Continuing Legal Education publications, Minnesota and United States codes) and course materials placed on reserve by faculty members and student organizations.

Reserve materials may be checked out for three-hour periods (or overnight, three hours before closing time). Materials checked out overnight must be returned within 30 minutes after the library opens the following day. 

Please be prompt in returning reserve materials, as these materials are in high demand 

Overdue Reserve items accrue $1.50 fine per hour

Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Course materials placed on reserve by faculty members or students organizations can include: syllabi, outlines, course readings, past exam questions and answers, sample briefs and petitions, etc. Such materials are only placed on reserve at the faculty member's request. 

Online course reserve materials are listed at: ​https://​reserves.lib.umn.edu

Past Exams

Past Exams

Past exams are housed in binders at the circulation desk and/or online. These exams are only released a few weeks before finals. Faculty members must grant permission for exams to be made available for students, so if an exam is not in a binder or online, the faculty member has not released it.

The exam binders may not be checked out; please scan or photocopy the exams using the copiers in the library lobby. Please be courteous; use only one binder at a time and keep the binders in the circulation desk area. 

To access past exams online, check the online course reserves website: https://reserves.lib.umn.edu


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