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Library Maps & Location Guides
Table of Contents
» Finding Materials: using the MNCAT library catalog.
» Key to MNCAT Locations: use an item's MNCAT location designation to locate the item.
» Call Number Locations Table: use an item's call number to find which floor it's located on.
» Law Subjects to "KF" Call Number Table: lists legal topics/subject areas and their corresponding "KF" call number range.
» Frequently Requested Materials: a selective list of popular materials by title and their location(s) in the library.
» Government Documents Locations: state, federal & United Nations.
Guide to the Library Collection
The law library houses a major international research collection of more than one million volumes. In general, American legal materials are shelved on the plaza level and second floors of the library. Works covering the law of the Great Britain and Canada are shelved on the third floor of the library. Indian and Pakistani legal materials are shelved in the basement. The fourth floor of the library houses materials covering other foreign jurisdictions such as Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, and Sweden. International and comparative legal works may be found on the third floor of the library. Law-related documents of the European Union, the United Nations, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the World Trade Organization, the Organization of American States, and the Council of Europe are located in various sections of the law library. The law library has special collections of trials and biographies, tax materials, rare books, faculty publications, human rights resources, briefs, and videotapes. Inquire at the Circulation Desk for information about locating and borrowing these materials.
MNCAT (part of the University-wide online library system) is the key to finding specific materials in the library. MNCAT provides access to nearly all law library materials by subject, author, title, and keyword.
The library provides public workstations (see maps for exact locations) to access MNCAT and other library resources. For assistance in using MNCAT, please consult the online help screens or the Law Library's Quick Guide to MNCAT (Classic version). You can also contact Reference office for assistance.
MNCAT provides the exact location of materials within the library through descriptive location designations. In the left column of the Key to MNCAT Locations table below are the Law Library location designations provided by MNCAT. In the center column are the abbreviated versions of these designations used on maps and signs throughout the library. In the right column are the floors where map and sign designations will be found. Consult the Law Library floor maps for further assistance or contact the Circulation Desk.
Classified texts and treatises do not have descriptive designations in MNCAT. These materials are marked on library signs and maps as TEXTS or TREATISES. The floor locations of various Library of Congress subject classes follow.
Texts and treatises on American law are arranged by Library of Congress classification number on the plaza level of the library. Listed below, for browsing purposes, are some of the more common categories of federal law and their corresponding classification numbers. For more specific subjects or particular titles, check MNCAT or ask a reference librarian for assistance.
The law library also uses U.S. Superintendent of Document (SuDoc) numbers, United Nations document symbols, and state document symbols, all of which are distinguishable from the Library of Congress class numbers displayed above by the use of slashes (/) and/or colons (:).
SuDoc numbers generally start with letter designations for major government agencies (e.g., S for the State Department publications). Documents are arranged alphabetically by SuDoc numbers in the U.S. Documents sections on the second floor of the library. A chart posted in this section explains the letter designations.
United Nations documents symbols also start with letter designations for the major organs of this organization. Documents are arranged alphabetically by these letter designations on the fourth floor of the library. Recent U.N. documents are also available on microfiche in room 140. The reference staff can provide assistance in deciphering U.N. document symbols.
State documents start with letter designations for the state, followed by letters denoting subject matter. These documents are arranged alphabetically by state in the State Documents section on the second floor. Further information about the state document symbols is available from the reference staff. Please Note: the State Documents collection is currently being reclassifed into the Library of Congress (LC) classification system (call numbers KFA - KFZ). As these materials are reclassified into their appropriate LC call number they will be relocated to the 3rd floor (sections E & F). For assistance in finding state documents please contact the Reference Desk, 612-625-4309.