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RESEARCH SUPPORT

  • Reference Services 
    Stop by the Reference Office during our reference office hours or reach us by:  phone: 625-4309, email: law-ref@umn.edu, or chat reference

    The Law Library's reference librarians are available to assist you with your research needs. Feel free to contact any of these librarians directly by telephone or email if you would like the assistance of a specific person.

    » Suzanne Thorpe 625-0187 s-thor@umn.edu » Michael Hannon 625-0173 mhannon@umn.edu
    » Vicente Garces 624-2597 garce003@umn.edu »  Ellen Jaquette 625-0793 equaley@umn.edu
    » Kurt Meyer 624-5334 kameyer@umn.edu


     

  • Research Guides
    The Law Library's reference librarians have developed over 50 research guides that provide helpful tips for finding and using resources in campus libraries, in online databases, and on the web. They are available in the reference office and on the library home page. We would be happy to create additional guides on topics of interest to you.

     

  • Bloomberg Law, Lexis & Westlaw Access
    University of Minnesota Law School faculty are provided access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis and Westlaw under Law Library's subscription to these services. To obtain access credentials contact the Reference Office at law-ref@umn.edu, 612-625-4309.

     


ACCESSING MATERIALS

 


COLLECTIONS

 

  • Collection Overview
    The library is nationally recognized for its outstanding collections consisting of more than one million volumes. These collections support in-depth scholarly research in most fields of Anglo-American law and include extensive sections devoted to foreign (especially Western European), comparative, and international law (particularly in the areas of international trade and human rights). If you have any questions regarding our collections or would like to suggest that we acquire a specific book or periodical, please contact Connie Lenz, Associate Director for Collection Development at 625-4301 or lenzx009@umn.edu.  The Law Library's rare book collection is one of the finest in the country. Questions regarding our rare book collection may be directed to Suzanne Thorpe at 625-0187 or s-thor@umn.edu. With some exceptions, (e.g., periodicals), most collections are arranged according to the following Library of Congress classification scheme.
     
       A  GENERAL WORKS
       B  PHILOSOPHY. PSYCHOLOGY. RELIGION
       C  AUXILIARY SCIENCES OF HISTORY
       D  HISTORY: GENERAL AND OLD WORLD
       E  HISTORY: AMERICA
       F  HISTORY: AMERICA
       G GEOGRAPHY. ANTHROPOLOGY. RECREATION
       H SOCIAL SCIENCES
       J POLITICAL SCIENCE
       K LAW
       L EDUCATION
       M MUSIC AND BOOKS ON MUSIC
       N FINE ARTS
       P LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
       Q SCIENCE
       R MEDICINE
       S AGRICULTURE
       T TECHNOLOGY
       U MILITARY SCIENCE
       V NAVAL SCIENCE
       Z  BIBLIOGRAPHY. LIBRARY SCIENCE. INFORMATION  RESOURCES (GENERAL)

     

    Floor location guides to these classes are available throughout the library. Class K for law is subdivided by jurisdiction.  U.S. federal law is found in subclass KF; U.S. state law is found in KFA-KFZ (e.g., KFM for Minnesota).  Each topic within a jurisdiction is represented by a number.  Some of the more common categories of federal law and their corresponding classification numbers are posted throughout the library. For more specific subjects or particular titles, check MNCAT Discovery or ask a reference librarian for assistance. A guide to frequently requested materials is available to assist you in finding library materials.  Below are descriptions of the collections on each floor.

  • Collection Locations

    • First Floor Collections
      The first floor houses current statutes, regulations, and cases from all U.S. jurisdictions. It also contains collections of looseleaf services and treatises covering American law, periodicals, and microform materials.

       

    • Second Floor Collections
      The second floor houses collections of state and  federal government documents, treatises covering philosophy, religion, history, and social science topics, and case digests and reporters.

       

    • Third Floor Collections 
      The third floor houses non-current state and federal statutes, U.N. documents, treaties, works on international and comparative law, human rights, and the law of the United Kingdom, Canada, Latin America, and the West Indies.

       

    • Fourth Floor Collections
      The fourth floor houses United Nations documents, primary and secondary works on the law of foreign jurisdictions not found on the third floor and treatises covering education, science, medicine, and technology, and duplicate case digests and reporters and periodicals.

       

    • Rare Book Collection
      The Law Library's rare book collection is located in the Riesenfeld Rare Book Center on the subplaza of the new addition. It contains several thousand volumes of early English and American statutes, reports, and treatises. For assistance in using the rare books collection, please contact Suzanne Thorpe, (s-thor@umn.edu, 625-0187).
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    • Faculty Archive
      The Law Library maintains a collection of faculty writings located in the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center. Recent faculty publications are displayed in the main lobby of the Law School. You are encouraged to donate copies of your publications for cataloging and preservation by the library. Please contact Connie Lenz (lenzx009@umn.edu, 625-4301) for more information on donating items for the display cases and the faculty archive.

     

  • Electronic Resources Collection
    The Law Library collection of electronic resources includes a number of abstracting and indexing services as well as full text databases.

     

  • Basement Storage Collection
    The storage area in the basement houses older treatises, superseded volumes of looseleaf services, federal court briefs, and materials from India and Pakistan. Please contact the ASAP staff (x-asap@umn.edu, 625-9534) to have any materials housed in the basement retrieved for you.

     

  • Donations
    The Law Library welcomes donations from faculty members. If you wish to donate materials, please contact the ASAP staff (x-asap@umn.edu, 625-9534) to arrange for pick up. We will supply a letter of acknowledgment for donated materials.

     

  • Library Purchase Requests 
    If you would like to recommend materials for the Law Library to acquire and add to the collection, contact Connie Lenz, Associate Director for Collection Development at 625-4301 or lenzx009@umn.edu.