The law library is a partial depository of the Government Printing Office and receives books and materials published by the federal government. Increasingly, these are only available digitally. Of special interest are sets of administrative rulings, federal regulations, and congressional reports, hearings, bills and debates. There are also publications of general interest from most federal agencies. Federal documents in paper are located in the compact on the northwest side of the first floor. The documents collection is designed to serve the needs of the greater community and public use and borrowing is encouraged. A more extensive depository collection is available on campus at the Marriott Library.
Microforms constitute a major part of the collection, comprising about 90,000 volume equivalents. Many less used, but still, important works are on microfilm or microfiche such as collections of congressional bills and hearings, U. S. Supreme Court briefs, session laws of all the states, state attorney general opinions and bar journals. Newer documents are now published in a digital format, which the library now exclusively collects. As more of these collections become available digitally, microforms will be replaced. Microforms are housed in the first two rows of compact shelving immediately south of the reference room. Readers and a reader-printer are available in the reference room. Pages may be downloaded to a USB drive or a CD or emailed to your account. Paper copies may be made for 10ȼ per page. Copies will print at the circulation desk, where they can be paid for and picked up.
Many older books are placed in a closed storage area. If a reference to such a book is found in the library catalog, please contact the circulation or reference desk and ask for the book to be retrieved.
Stay tuned – information on more collections will be added soon.