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Guide to library resources & services

Reference materials
Reserve materials

Interlibrary loan
Online services

Library layout

The Law Library is accessible through the law school lobby. Access to the lower and upper levels of the law library is through the stairway at the back, right wall area of the main level. Elevator service is available; to obtain an elevator pass, please contact David Fatula.

Main floor
The main floor features:UMass Law Library

  • reference and circulation areas
  • primary law materials for state and federal jurisdictions
  • printers and scanners that deliver copies for the university’s PrintLess system

Lower level
The lower level has been designated as the quietest part of the library and is home to:

  • historical materials
  • a large collection of law reviews and journals
  • UMass Law Review office
  • six group study rooms
  • ample seating for quiet study

Upper level
The upper level of the library consists of treatises in law and related fields. Books in this collection are shelved in call number order. They are located by using Primo, the university library catalog.

The upper level of the library has been designated as an area for quiet study and also features:

  • the Acquisitions and Cataloging Department
  • other library offices
  • two computer labs for public use
  • carrels and study tables


Primo is the university's library catalog. To find a reference or source using Primo:

  • search by title, author, or subject
  • obtain a call number
  • follow the numerical order to where the book is located in our collection


The desktop computers in the law library labs provide:

  • word processing with Microsoft Word 2007
  • T-1 data line for high speed Internet access
  • internet browsing via Windows Internet Explorer

For those who bring a laptop, the entire library is equipped with wireless access, and connection is instantaneous.

Reference materials

Through our database subscriptions and those of the university and through the Internet, a great array of scholarly, medical, business, and general interest journalism UMass Law Librarycan provide endless reference resources.

Reference materials include:

  • dictionaries
  • directories
  • encyclopedias
  • almanacs
  • legal research materials
  • writing materials

These materials are available for library use only. If you are searching for obscure information, legal or not, please see a librarian.

Reserve materials

Reserve materials, including all materials placed on reserve by faculty members, are located behind the circulation desk and may be borrowed for two hours for library use only. Please ask the staff for reserve materials.

All Massachusetts materials are considered reserve materials to be used in the library only. Massachusetts materials are shelved in open stacks in wooden shelves along the left hand walls of the library lobby.

Interlibrary loan

The law library maintains a cooperative agreement through a nationwide network of academic, public and special libraries. Through this vast network, we can locate and borrow an extraordinary range of materials. See a librarian to ask for materials you cannot find.

Interlibrary loan requests can also be placed directly by anyone with a current and activated UMass Pass and library account through the Massachusetts Library Virtual Catalog and Boston Library Consortium WorldCat, which may be accessed here.


All printing in the law library is managed by the university’s PrintLess system. Print jobs are named and sent from library computer or configured laptops or from the scanners located in the library lobby. A swipe of an active UMass Pass at the printer will release the job. Students’ UMass Pass cards are loaded with 300 free copies per semester. Additional printing costs fifteen cents per page. Money must be on the card to release print jobs.

Printing can also be ordered via the coin-operated machines beside the printer.

Laptops must be configured for printing by the Information Technology Department, which is located on the lower level in room LL10 (ext. 1122.).

Online services

All students will be trained to use the premier legal databases:

These sources are accessed by passwords, which will be distributed in the course of training. Library staff is available to provide one-on-one training for use of any computer application.

Key Internet sites for legal information are available through the law school website.


Staplers, tape, paper punches, paper cutters, and pencil sharpeners are available at the circulation counter. The library does not supply paper, envelopes, pens and pencils, disks, or other office supplies.


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