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Finding Resources at the Law Library: Introduction to the Law Library

Library policies and explanation of resources

Introduction

The law library is open to all university users and members of the general public. Reference librarians are available to assist users with the resources. Walk-ins are welcome. You may also contact our reference librarians through our email account at lawref@uwyo.edu

Computer Access

The library is part of the campus wireless network so the Internet can be accessed from laptops and public terminals throughout the building.

The law library subscribes to Lexis and Westlaw for law students and faculty. Westlaw Campus Research is available in any building on campus for basic Westlaw searches. 

The library also subscribes to CALI exercises (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction). This site accesses electronic tutorials for a wide variety of legal topics. A student password is required.

Library Rules

In addition to library policies, the Library is subject to the College's Building Use Policy and the Honor Code and campus-wide no-smoking regulations.

Law Library Hours


Library hours are posted on our Library Information page.

Checking Out Items

Our online library catalog, WebHopper, provides search capabilities for the Law Library resources as well as resources at select libraries across the university.  Our circulation policies vary by resource.

Print Resources 

Law students may check out books for a full semester. Serials such as reporters and statutes may be checked out to carrels or faculty offices. Digests, looseleaf services, citators, and other reference books should be used in the area where they are shelved. Please review the guides on Finding Cases, Finding Statutes, and Finding Regulations for more information on these materials.

e-Books

The Library has purchased or licensed e-books from a variety of vendors.  These titles are also accessible through our library catalog.  Many can be accessed as full-text documents by clicking on a link on the record.  In addition to these freely-available titles, you may also notice some of the access links require a password. If you are associated with the College of Law, you should have a CALI, Lexis, or Westlaw password. When you enter the password, you will be redirected to the title in these vendor databases.

Media

Our DVD collections contain law-related movies and television shows.  We also have instructional media such as documentaries and study guides. 

Reserve books

Current study guides, faculty reserve items, and other high-demand items are located in the Reserve collection at the Circulation Desk.  Most of these may be checked out for three hours.

UW Libraries Materials, Request It

If you find materials in the online catalog from other libraries on campus, you may request that the items or journal article be sent to the Law Library for your convenience.  Look for the Request IT button on the item record.

PROSPECTOR Prospector and Interlibrary Loan

If the item you want is not available on campus, you have several options to retrieve the material.  Try a search in Prospector by clicking on the Prospector button from most any screen in the library catalog.  Prospector is a network of libraries in Colorado and the University of Wyoming that participate in sharing their resources.  The daily courier ensures quick delivery of available items.

If these options have still failed to turn up the material you are seeking, contact our Library Circulation Desk to initiate an interlibrary loan request.

 

Library Arrangement

First Floor
Statutes, reporters, treatises (books), and reference materials

Second Floor
Wyoming materials, agency reporters, and law reviews

Basement
Government documents, older volumes, and superseded materials.

Specific locations and call numbers for our collection can be searched on our online library catalog, WebHopper.  There are public computers on each floor of the library for internet and catalog searching.

For some titles you may find a location code instead of a call number. The shelf location codes indicate the floor (M=Main, B=Basement and S=Second), the direction (E=East, W=West, S=South and N=North) and the range number where the item is located. The United States Reports location code, for example, is M-S-1. This means these reporters are on the Main floor, South side of the room, beginning on range 1.

Study Rooms

There are five rooms that can be reserved for group study; four on the main floor and one in the basement. Reservations may be scheduled at the law library web site, http://uwyo.edu/lawlib or at the law library circulation desk.  Groups may reserve rooms for two-hour blocks of time.  Reservations may be renewed if no other groups has signed up for the next time slot.  Individuals may use the rooms on a first-come, first-served basis when there is no group reservation.

We also have two individual study rooms available.  To request use of an individual closed study room, check out a key from the Circulation Desk. the key checks out for three hours.

Student Carrels

Individual study carrels are assigned to law students by the Potter Law Club through a lottery system. All carrels have electricity, and those along the walls on the main and second floors have active data ports for internet connectivity. Cables can be checked out at the Circulation Desk. However, connectivity should be available throughout the library via the wireless network.

 

Photocopiers and Printers

Copy Machines

A coin-operated photocopy machine is available in Room 122 across from the Circulation Desk. Cash copies are $.10 each.

Student printers are located upstairs in the Potter Law Club Computer Lab, in the photocopy room, and in the Student Lounge near the classrooms.  Payment for printed copies is automatically deducted from student computer accounts.  To add money to this account, go to the university IT's web page, UW Student Print Quota Increase.   

Lexis printers are located in the library photocopy room and in the Computer Lab.  You can use these to print documents contained in Lexis only.  Lexis provides this copy service free to law students.

 

Scanners

A walk-up scanner is available in the reference area for book scans, loose pages, or single items. Desktop scanners are available in the Computer Labs. 

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