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Borrowing and Locating Materials

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Appointments

Reference librarians are available either at the reference desk or by appointment. Use the staff directory to contact a librarian to schedule a convenient meeting time.

Reference Desk

The reference desk is located to the left as you enter the library. This desk is staffed by experienced reference librarians. They are available to assist with research questions.

Borrowing and Locating Materials

Borrowing from the Law Library

Search the law library catalog and check out materials with your ID card at the circulation desk on the second floor of the library or at the self-checkout machine in Reserve. Be sure to turn in materials on time as loan periods vary and fines do accrue. See our borrowing policies here.

Borrowing from Lemieux Library

Search the Lemieux Library catalog and check out materials with your ID card at the Lemieux Library circulation desk. Be sure to turn in materials on time as loan periods vary and as fines do accrue. See Lemieux's borrowing policies here.

Casebooks

The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook for two-hour check out (no overnight check outs) in the Reserve collection. The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks. The library does not purchase upper division course materials. See our First-Year Law Student Resource Guide's list of 1L Casebooks or search our catalog for specific titles.

Course Reserves

A variety of materials including books, photocopies of articles, and chapters of books can be placed on course reserve for required classroom use, subject to Seattle University Copyright Policy. Please view the Instructions for Placing Items on Course Reserve page for additional information or contact Susan Kezele, Circulation/Resource Sharing Manager.

Database Usage

The law library subscribes to many specialized databases. In addition, Lemieux Library subscribes to many non-legal databases. Contact the reference desk or your library liaison for help using our databases.

Use of law library databases may be subject to restrictions. Information on licensing agreements is available through the Databases page. For further information, contact the reference desk.

Exams

Current exams are placed on the faculty TWEN sites at the discretion of the faculty member. The library retains a collection of past law school exams through summer semester of 2003 in Reserve. Students can also access our Exam Taking Resources research guide.

Locations

Confused by all our different collections and locations?  Consult our locations guide for help or ask for assistance at the circulation/reference desks.

Micromedia Materials

The Micromedia collection is located in Room 204 in Reserve. Microform materials are listed in the catalog as located in "Micromedia." The Microform Collection Guide indicates the specific cabinet drawer and tray. Microforms may only be used in the library. They may be viewed and/or printed on the microform reader printers in Room 204. Prints cost $0.10 per copy. Payment is made at the circulation desk.

Purchasing Suggestions

The library welcomes recommendations for additions to the library collection in support of curricular needs, research and scholarship. Purchase requests should be directed to Kara Phillips, Law Library Director. Detailed information about the title, author, publisher, price and edition is greatly appreciated. Acquisitions and collection development require balancing of financial resources, curriculum needs and long-term collection viability. Because financial resources are limited, acquisition decisions must be made with this balancing in mind.

Research a Topic

Legal research guides have been written by Seattle University law librarians. They are designed to introduce student researchers to research areas and to provide suggestions for efficient and effective research.

Routing

Contact Wendy Schroedel, Acquisitions/Serials Specialist for routing. In the case of popularly requested titles, a copy of table of contents may be substituted.

Computers and Copying

Internet Access

Internet access is available to faculty, staff and current students. Connect to the Internet in the library or on the wireless network using a laptop computer. Questions about laptops, network information, printing, and email accounts should be directed to the technology staff.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw are available to law students, faculty, and staff through the library's educational contract with the companies. Review the user agreements with each system for additional information.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw require registration and passwords. Students receive registration information during orientation. Lexis printouts may be picked up in the DDC. Faculty and staff can obtain passwords from Tina Ching.

Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and Westlaw instruction for students is initially provided during their first year; advanced and refresher courses for all students are scheduled throughout the year. For training, students and faculty can contact the vendor representatives:

Bloomberg Law: Beth Goldfinger

LexisNexis/WebCourses: Katie Smith

Westlaw/TWEN: Zachary Gose

Photocopying

The library does not have an in-house copy center; patrons are responsible for their own photocopying. The library has one self-service copy machine located in the reserve area on the 2nd floor. The copy machine accepts change, one and five dollar bills and Seattle University campus cards that have value added to the debit account. Value can be added to your campus card using eAccounts. Additional information is available on the “Campus Card” section of the OIT website. Cost for photocopies is $0.10 when using change and $0.055 when using your ID card.

Contact the circulation staff if you encounter any problems with the copy machine. Circulation staff can add paper and fix minor paper jams but cannot repair the machine. Staff will place a service call if required.

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