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Public Access

Access to the Law School building (which houses the Law Library) requires a UMass Pass. We encourage members of the community who would like to use the Law Library to make an appointment by sending an email to  We also provide virtual service through email and chat.  Please note that we are unable to provide technical support for personal computers, phones, or tablets.  We have one dedicated computer terminal available Monday through Friday for public access to Westlaw Campus, Fastcase, and Hein Online.  To use the computer terminal, please send your request to  For access to study space, online library resources and technology, we encourage all patrons to visit the Claire T. Carney Library.

At the Claire T. Carney Library:

Residents of Massachusetts 18 years and older may obtain a Special Borrower's card with proper identification, such as a driver's license or other form of photo ID. If neither is available, two forms of identification are required, such as a public library card or some other form of identification, such as a copy of a bill with their name and address on it.

All Special Borrowers must be individuals, not organizations or groups. High school students in grades 9-12 may also obtain a Special Borrowers' card with proper identification as listed above. However, in order to borrow materials, they need to return a completed application with a parent's or guardian's signature and the understanding that he/she is responsible for overdues, fines, lost materials, etc.

All library patrons can access Fastcase, HeinOnline, and Westlaw Campus Research on any library computer at the Claire T. Carney Library. Library staff are available to answer any questions regarding access to these or any other library resources.

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