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Library Maps & Location Guides

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» Maps of the Library (.pdf format)

» Finding Materials: using the MNCAT Discovery catalog.

» Key to MNCAT Locations: use an item's MNCAT Discovery 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.

Finding Materials - MNCAT Discovery Catalog


MNCAT Discovery (part of the University-wide online library system) is the key to finding specific materials in the library. MNCAT Discovery 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 Discovery and other library resources. For assistance in using MNCAT Discovery, please contact Reference office (law-ref@umn.edu or 612-625-4309.

MNCAT Discovery 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 Discovery. 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.


MNCAT Designation Map Designation Floor
Briefs BRIEFS Basement
Human Rights Library HUMAN RIGHTS 3rd
India Pakistan (Official) IP-L 4th
India Pakistan (Periodicals) IP-S 4th
India Pakistan (Texts) IP-T 4th
Law, Literature & the Arts
LART 2nd
Looseleaf Services SERV Plaza
Microform Collection MICROFORM Plaza & Basement
Periodicals PER Plaza
Primary PRI Plaza
Rare Books RBR Riesenfeld - Room N30
Reference Office LO-R Plaza
Reporters REP 2nd
Reserve RESERVE Plaza
Storage STORAGE Basement
United Nations Documents UN DOCS 4th
United States Documents US DOCS 2nd


Classified texts and treatises do not have descriptive designations in MNCAT Discovery. These materials are marked on library signs and maps as TEXTS or TREATISES. The floor locations of various Library of Congress subject classes follow.


LC Subject Class
(Call Number Begins)
A - JV 2nd
KF Plaza
KFA - KFZ 3rd
KG - Z 4th


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 Discovery or ask a reference librarian for assistance.


Administration of Justice KF 8700 Legal History KF 350
Administrative Law KF 5402 Legal Profession KF 297
Agency KF 1344 Legal Research KF 240
Antitrust KF 1631 Legislation KF4945
Banking KF 966 Local Government KF 5300
Bankruptcy KF 1501 Medical Evidence KF 8964
Business Associations KF 1365 Medical Legislation KF 3821
Church & State KF 4865 Military Law KF 7201
Civil Procedure KF 8810 Municipal Corporations KF 5305
Civil Rights KF 4750 Native Americans KF 8201
Commercial Paper KF 957 Negotiable Instruments KF 956
Common Law KF 394 Nonprofit Corporations KF 1388
Conflict of Laws KF 410 Oil & Gas KF 1801
Constitutional Law KF 4501 Partnership KF 1365
Contracts KF 801 Patents KF 3091
Copyright KF 2991 Personal Injury KF 1256
Corporations KF 1384 Personal Injury, Trial KF 3925
Court Procedure KF 8700 Products Liability KF 1296
Creditor's Rights KF 1501 Professional Responsibility KF 306
Criminal Law KF 9201 Property KF 560
Criminal Procedure KF 9601 Public Utilities KF 2076
Discrimination KF 4764 Public Welfare KF 665
Education KF 4101 Real Estate KF 665
Employment Law KF 3455 Remedies KF 9010
Employment Discrimination KF 3464 Restitution KF 1244
Environmental Law KF 3775 Restraint of Trade KF 1624
Equity KF 398 Sales KF 911
Estate Planning KF 746 Secured Transactions KF 1046
Evidence, Civil KF 8931 Securities KF 1440
Evidence, Criminal KF 9960 Suretyship KF 1045
Family Law KF 501 Taxation KF 6301
Immigration Law KF 4819 Torts KF 1246
Insurance KF 1146 Trade & Commerce KF 1970
Intellectual Property KF 2971 Trade Regulation KF 1601
Judicial Statistics KF 180 Trademarks KF 3091
Judiciary KF 5130 Trial Practice, Civil KF 8911
Jurisprudence KF 379 Trial Practice, Criminal KF 9656
Labor Law KF 3301 Trial Practice, Medical KF 8964
Legal Aid KF 336 Trusts & Estates KF 726
Legal Education KF 262 UCC KF 880
Legal Ethics KF 306 Workers Compensation KF 3613

Zoning KF 5692


The law library also uses U.S. Superintendent of Document (SuDoc) numbers andUnited Nations document symbols, both 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.

Our U.S. State Documents collection is arranged by the Library of Congress classification system, (call numbers KFA-KFZ) and is located on the 3rd floor (sections E & F).