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Research Assistants' Guide

A guide for law faculty research assistants

Items in the Law Library Collection

  • Law students can access items in general collection (open stacks), but items on Reserve or in the Rare Books collections are not available at this time. If you need to access an item that’s not in the general collection email

  • Checking out Law Library materials (via email)
    If you need to take books etc. out of the library for you or your faculty member to use, send an email message to
    Please include the following:

    • Your name and your faculty member’s name.
    • Title of the item.
    • The bar code number (a sticker located on the back cover of the book). The bar code can be included in your message or you can send a photo of it as an attachment.
    • We will be contacting your faculty member for permission to grant you proxy borrowing privileges. This will allow you to check items out in their name (account).
  • Photocopiers/scanners are still available in the library lobby. However, they are not being serviced or cleaned at this time.

  • If the item you need is not on the shelf, or if for some reason you’d like us to get an electronic copy of the item, email Please include the citation information you have for the item, call number and name of the faculty member you’re working with. We’ll notify you on the status of your request via email. 

Items not in the Law Library Collection

For items held at another library on campus or items not held at any library on campus:

  • Currently all libraries on-campus are closed and we have no way of accessing physical items held in their collections.

  • Email our Reference librarians at and we will attempt to obtain an electronic copy of the item. Please indicate the faculty member you’re working with in addition to information about the item (title, author, etc.). We will notify you on the status of your request via email.

  • If we are unable to obtain an electronic copy, your request will be forwarded to our X-ASAP Retrieval Service. Although most libraries are not lending physical items at this time, X-ASAP may be able to obtain electronic copies of some items (articles, book chapters) from another library via an interlibrary loan request. We will notify you on the status of your request via email.

Purchasing books, etc...

If your faculty member would like us to acquire a particular book or electronic resource for the library's collection, or if her or she needs assistance in acquiring a personal copy of a particular book, contact Connie Lenz.

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