Research Assistants

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Borrowing and Locating Materials

Computers, Copying, and Printing

Ask a Librarian


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.

Library Liaisons

Each faculty member and dean has a library liaison, a professional librarian who serves as the faculty member's primary contact person in the library. Library liaisons are responsible for working with faculty on their instructional and other scholarly needs. There is a list of library liaison contacts in the sidebar of this page.

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.

Generally, if you are using the materials for research preparation, you should borrow the materials in your own name. You will be responsible for materials checked out in your own name, including returning materials on time (overdue notices will go directly to you) and in good condition and paying any fines you have incurred.

If the faculty member has requested that you borrow materials on his or her behalf and he or she will be using the materials, then you should borrow the materials under the faculty member's name. Bring the materials to the Law Library Circulation Desk, let us know that you are an RA and provide us with the name of the faculty member. The faculty member will be responsible for materials checked out in his or her name, including returning materials on time (overdue notices will go directly to the faculty member) and paying any fines incurred.

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.

To borrow books for a faculty member at Lemieux, you will need a letter printed on School of Law letterhead, signed by the faculty member, which states as follows: "Please allow my research assistant, [name], to check out books and materials on my behalf at the Lemieux Library." Take the letter to the Lemieux Library Circulation Desk where it will be placed on file. When checking out materials, indicate that you are an RA and you are borrowing the material on behalf of a faculty member who has a permission letter on file.

Please see Lemieux Library's borrowing policies for more information.

Borrowing from the University of Washington

To borrow a book from UW, request it through Summit. Because UW charges $15 or more per article for document delivery, RAs should plan on copying articles on site at the UW libraries. Purchase a copy card from a UW Copy Center (Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Health Sciences Library, or Foster Business Library) that sells cards and provides a receipt. (Do not purchase the card from a dispensing machine as receipts are not provided!) Submit the receipt to the Law School Business Office for reimbursement.


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 for a list of 1L Casebooks or search our catalog for specific titles.

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 access restrictions is available through the Databases page. For further information, contact the reference desk.


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.


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.

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.

Computers and Copying

Computers and Laptops

Those without laptops may use library computers to access the library's online resources.

Laptops may be used throughout the library. All carrels and tables in the library are wired with power as well as data connections for access to the law school network and the Internet. Questions about laptops, network information, printing, and email accounts should be directed to the technology staff.

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 Kerry Fitz-Gerald.

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


Research assistants should use the photocopy machines in the faculty offices to copy material. Contact your faculty member's secretary about photocopying procedures. Please remember to check out the material before removing it from the Law Library for photocopying. In the event that faculty offices are closed, contact the Law Library Circulation Desk for other options. To make copies on the Law Library microform printers, notify the Law Library Circulation desk of the number of copies made and for which faculty member. To make copies of materials at the Lemieux Library, ask for a faculty copy card at the Law Library Circulation Desk.


The Document Delivery Center (DDC) is located next to the circulation desk. You can pick up your printouts at the DDC or at the printers located on the south (the flagpole) side of the 2nd and 3rd floors of the library.

To avoid print charges to your student print account, coordinate with your faculty member's secretary on printing materials.

Library Liaison Contacts