Library Essentials for Law Students

Hours

Law Library Hours are posted on our website and paper copies are available at the Circulation Desk. Law Library hours change during exam periods and intersessions, so please check the hours page for the most current information.
 

Sun Card (Video)

It is important to have your Sun Card with you when you come to the Law Library. The Law Library has a limited access policy which requires you to use your Sun Card to gain entry to the main reading room. You will also need you Sun Card to check out Law Library materials. If you do not have a Sun Card, please visit the Sun Card Office located on the Lower Level of the Memorial Union (south end) inside Union Station, MU 59.

View Your Law Library Account

View your library account online to check due dates, renew books, and change your email address. To view your account online, use the My Library Account link from the ASU Libraries home page. Enter your ASURITE ID and password to login. Once you are logged in, use the icons to navigate through your record. If you have questions about your library account, please contact the Law Library Circulation Desk, 480-965-6144.

Study Rooms

The Law Library has group study rooms available for the exclusive use of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students, faculty, and ASU Law alumni studying for the state bar exam. Study rooms may be reserved up to one week in advance at the Circulation Desk or by calling 480-965-6144. Rooms may be reserved for a maximum of 4 hours in any one day. Reserved rooms will be held for 15 minutes. For more information, please consult the Study Room Code of Conduct.

All-Night Study Room

The All-Night Study Room is for the exclusive use of Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law students. Located in the northwest corner of the law library, it can be used as a study area during hours the law library is closed. Access to the All-Night Study Room is granted on a day-to-day basis. You must sign up for the room on the day you plan to use it. Please stop by the Law Library Circulation Desk or use the onine reservation system through Law Interactive to obtain access to the All-Night Study Room.

Online Exams (Video)

You may access Law School Past Exams from the Law Library's web site. Many faculty members make their past exams available to students as a teaching aid. In an effort to provide students with the broadest possible access to past exams, the Law Library has placed them online. The online database consists of the past 10 years of administered exams. Some exams contain answers.

Study Skills Collection (Video)

In an effort to make it easier and more efficient for you to find books that will help you succeed in law school, the Ross-Blakley Law Library staff has created a Study Skills Collection. Located in the Reserve Reading room on the first floor of the Law Library, the collection brings together an array of study aids, legal research and writing texts, exam and Bar exam materials. All the materials in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice.

Course Reserves

Course reserve material is available in print format from the Law Library Circulation Desk. Unless otherwise specified by the instructor, all articles or other unbound material placed on Course Reserve are also made available in electronic format. Electronic reserves are distinguished in the library catalog by the location Law Electronic Reserve and require the use of Abode Acrobat reader. Current Course Reserves are searchable through the Course Reserves Catalog by Professor Name or Course Name.

Book Retrieval Service

The Law Library offers a free book retrieval service to College of Law students, faculty, and staff. Law Library staff will retrieve materials from any library on the Tempe campus, including the Law Library. There is no limit on the number of items that can be requested through the book retrieval service. Items may also be requested from other ASU campus libraries (Downtown, West, and Polytechnic) to be sent to the Law Library for pick up. Most requests for available Tempe campus items are filled by the end of the next day. Materials sent from other campuses may take a few days to be delivered. You may pick up the materials you requested at the Law Library circulation desk.

If a Law Library item you would like to use is checked out, you may place a hold on the item. Placing a hold will not change the due date of the item, but once a hold is placed the item cannot be renewed. Checked out materials owned by other ASU Libraries can also be requested by using the Request function in the online catalog. ASU Libraries materials are subject to recall and recall policies are strictly enforced.

To request materials:

  1. Locate the item in the online catalog.
  2. Click on the Request button, located at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your ASURITE ID and password.
  4. Select Law as the pickup location and click on Submit.
  5. If more than one copy is owned, select the desired copy.
  6. Click on Request Selected Item.
You will be notified via email when the item is ready for pickup. Items will be held at the Law Library Circulation Desk for one week. Videos and DVDs will be held for three days.

Not all items are available for request. If the request button in the catalog is not visible or if you see the message "Sorry. This item is currently unavailable to request online. See Circ Desk to request," contact the Law Library Circulation Desk at 480-965-6144.

Requesting Materials Not Owned by ASU (Interlibrary Loan)

If you need a book or article that is not available at ASU you may submit a request for the item through interlibrary loan and we will borrow it from another library. To place an interlibrary loan request, use the online request form or pick up a paper form from the Law Library Circulation Desk. Questions about interlibrary loans should be directed to Carrie Henteleff, 480-965-7114.

Food and Drink Policy

Help us keep the library clean. Food and tobacco products are prohibited everywhere in the Law Library, including the study rooms. Drinks are allowed in spill-resistant containers only. Food and drink are not permitted in the computer labs.

We Are Here to Help You (Video)

If you have a research question, please visit our Ask a Librarian web site or stop by the Reference Office located in the Main Reading Room of the Law Library. For questions about checking out books, study rooms, or anything else, please stop by the Circulation Desk in the front lobby.  If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns please let us know.


Updated 8/14

  

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