Finding the Materials You Need in the Law Library

The Law Library contains many different types of materials organized in differing ways. This can make locating individual titles quite a challenge, especially for the new student. This guide is designed to orient you to the various collections and locations within the Library.

Many of our titles are arranged and classified using the Library of Congress Classification System, a method that organizes materials by subject.  An explanation of this system is available.  If you are looking for materials in a specific area of the law, Torts, for example, this list will provide an alphabetical breakdown of most major legal subjects, with references to the floor and range numbers on which the materials are located within our Library.  

Some of our non-print items are located in specific areas of Library.  For example, our video and DVD collections are housed entirely in the Reserve area on the fourth floor.  Microforms, in contrast, are placed in specially designed cabinets on the second floor.  The  searchable online guide to microforms will assist you in locating in which cabinet a particular title is located is useful if you are trying to locate one of these items.    Readers for the microform items are adjacent to the cabinets. To make scans or photocopies, please come to the fourth floor Library Suite (455).

Looseleaf services are a popular source for practitioners as they compile multiple forms of legal authority and commentary into one comprehensive source.  Most of the print services are no longer current: search the online catalog to check and for links to online versions. Many are in CCH IntelliConnect and Bloomberg BNA.  Matthew Bender titles are in Lexis Advance.

To locate a specific, book, periodical, video, CD-ROM or DVD, you should use the Library's online catalog.  With this you can search by title, author or keyword and thus identify the exact call number or location associated with your title.  For more information on how to search the catalog,see  Special locations referenced in the catalog are linked to particular places and collections within the Library.  This guide will indicate those locations.  With a title and call number in hand, the online guides referenced above will help you identify where in the Library materials with a particular call number or location are housed.  Finally, if you encounter any difficulty in locating any item within the Library, do not hesitate to ask at the Circulation Desk for further assistance.  


The Washington University Law Library and Computer Labs are contained on four floors of the five story Anheuser-Busch Law School (there are no materials on the third floor of the building). Floor plans with labeled sections are located by the elevators.