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Quick Guide to the Law Library

This guide provides resources to help new CWRU Law students get started with Law School and become more familiar with the Law Library.

Circulation of Law Library Materials


1. Non-circulating Materials

A law book collection is a reference/research collection. Most legal materials are consulted frequently by many people rather than read for a sustained period by an individual; therefore, most of the collection does not circulate. Generally, primary legal materials (such as statutes, case reporters, and administrative regulations), periodicals, looseleaf services, and Reference materials do not circulate.  Special permission may be granted under special limited circumstances only. 

2. Circulating Materials 

All students may charge out certain circulating law materials for a semester (excluding DVDs and gadgets.) All overdue items are subject to fines. The borrower is responsible for knowing when books are due to be returned, irregardless of whether he or she receives notification of overdue materials from the library. 

3. Renewals

You may renew items online or in person at the circulation unless another patrons needs the item. 

4. Access Your Account 

You can view your checked out items, fines, reading history, and renew items at and signing with your CWRU username and password. 

Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Subscriptions

Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg—the premium online research libraries used in law—are handled differently than most other library database subscriptions. Instead of shared school-wide access, we provide each law student a personal password account for each of these services. Your Lexis and Westlaw registration information is provided to you at the beginning of your first year and will enable you to establish your own username and password on these systems.

Please contact the reference desk for assistance should you lose a password or have other difficulties.