Government Documents

The law library is a congressionally designated selective depository for U.S. Government documents 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 many federal agencies. Federal documents in paper are located on levels two and three.  Patrons needing to access materials on level three should ask for assistance at one of the service desks since level three is not open to the public.  A more extensive depository collection is available on campus at the Marriott Library.  Campus libraries also subscribe to a number of online government document databases.

The documents collection is designed to serve the needs of the greater community and public access is guaranteed by Title 44 of the United State Code.  No I.D.  is required to enter the building, however non-university users must present I.D. and apply for a library card if they wish to check out materials. Reference service includes assisting all patrons to locate government resources in the library’s collection and in other depository libraries.  Reference service is provided at the same level for U.S. government information and all other information, regardless of format.

Legal Self-Help

The library maintains a collection of self-help books, a majority of which are published by well-known self-help publishing company Nolo.  These books cover a variety of topics including Bankruptcy, Business Formation, Divorce, Employment Law, Estate Planning, Immigration and Landlord/Tenant. These books are located on the shelves immediately to the left of the main entrance on level one.


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 cabinets along the hallway on the north side of the building on level one.  A reader-printer is available on the counter near the compact shelving on level one.  Pages may be downloaded to a USB drive, emailed to your account, or 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.]