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Borrowing and Locating Materials

Computers, Copying, and Printing

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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.

Disability Services

Library patrons with disabilities should contact Stephanie Wilson, Head of Reference Services about services for their needs.

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.


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


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 Document Delivery Center on the 2nd floor. Ask for the code at the Circulation Desk. Cost for photocopies is $0.10 per page. Pay by cash or check (made out to Seattle University) at the Circulation Desk.

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.


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 3rd floor of the library.

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Library Regulations

The Library is run on an honor system. Please handle materials with care and be thoughtful of other library users. Do not remove materials from the Library unless you have checked them out. Violating a provision of the Library’s regulations is a serious offense subject to Law School disciplinary proceedings. Some of the Law Library’s regulations have been incorporated into the Law School’s Code of Conduct. The Library reserves the right to amend its regulations by publication and posting.