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Law librarians are dedicated to helping scholars locate resources, validate results, and plan research methodologies. Five members of the Reference Staff also hold a joint appointment as Lecturers in Law and teach in the J.D. and LL.M. Legal Research programs.  

A Reference Librarian is on duty at the Reference Desk (in the Library Lobby) from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when law classes are in session. Call 314.935.6459 for reference assistance.

Circulation & Access

The Circulation Desk is staffed during all the hours that the library is open. To contact the circulation desk, please call 314.935.6450. As in many law libraries, most material does not circulate. The law school provides scanners. We also have detailed information on our circulation, access, food and drink, and cell phone policies.

Interlibrary Loan

If the library is unable to supply you with the materials needed for your research, interlibrary loan is available for Law School students and faculty. For more information, please see the Interlibrary Loan page.

Technology in the Library

The Law Library is an esthetically pleasing facility with an old-world ambience that holds a state-of-the-art technological system behind it. A major strength of our institution is the access we provide the Law School community to specialized legal materials via electronic databases. Almost every table and carrel in the library is wired so that a student may plug a laptop into the port and access the library's online resources.  Databases, providing access to a wide variety of legal materials, are also available to the Law School community. Washington University School of Law subscribes to a large number of online services in order to assist the researcher and help prepare our students to become effective attorneys.