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Guide for First Year Law Students: Quick Guide to the Law Library

This guide provides resources to help new UCLA law students get started with Law School and become more familiar with the Law Library, UCLA and Westwood.
URL: http://libguides.law.ucla.edu/firstyearguide

LibAnswers.law.ucla.edu

LibAnswers is an FAQ where you can easily search for answers to commonly asked questions or use the contact links to submit questions to us through email, text or the provided form. You can also use LibAnswers to report problems around the library, such as noise, facilities issues, etc. Be specific! We monitor LibAnswers  all hours the library is open and promise to respond as quickly as possible. Visit LibAnswers at http://libanswers.law.ucla.edu or email us at libraryhelp@law.ucla.edu.

Or use the box below see if you can find an answer to your question!

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Welcome

Welcome to the UCLA School of Law.  This page highlights important information to get you started using the Law Library.  Complete information on Library policies and services for students is available on the Library's MyLaw Site.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to insure that the Library facilities and services are fully available to the UCLA Law School community, the Law Library observes a very limited access policy. For guaranteed access to the library, YOU MUST PRESENT YOUR UCLA BruinCard I.D. AND/OR YOUR LAW LIBRARY WALLET (you will receive your wallet at Orientation). A Library Guard checks identification at the library entrance all hours the library is open. You may also be asked to show identification in areas that are designated for UCLA Law Student use only, such as the fourth floor Tower Reading Room. We request your assistance in helping us enforce this policy for your benefit.

Please help us keep the library beautiful.  Beverages are allowed in the Library, but only in sealable, reusable bottles or mugs.  Sealable water bottles are allowed; otherwise, beverages in disposable containers are strictly prohibited.  

Please be aware that SMOKING AND CONSUMPTION OF FOOD ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY.  We ask for your cooperation in adhering to the “NO FOOD” policy. 

Circulation & Reserve Services

Circulation

UCLA Law Students have circulation privileges at all campus libraries. All you need to borrow materials is a current BruinCard.  Please note: we also have specialized items available for checkout at the circulation desk for Law Students only, such as Chess and other games, computer and phone chargers, back supports, book stands and more! (See the full list in MyLaw!)

Course Reserve

MyLaw, the Law School’s Portal & Course Page Management  system, provides UCLA Law Students with easy access to all course-related materials, including information about textbooks available in the library, online access to many assigned course materials and links to digitized audio and video files of class lectures through Panopto. Visit your course pages on MyLaw course pages at https://my.law.ucla.edu to see what’s available online and in the library for your courses. Physical reserve materials (textbooks, APS readers, etc.) should be requested at the Circulation Desk.

After Hours Library Access

The Main, East, and North Reading Rooms are available to UCLA Law Students for after hours (late night and early morning) access during the semester. The Library funds full-time Security Guards to staff this off-hours access. They are employed by the Campus Police Department through the CSO (Campus Security Officer) program, and are specially selected for this assignment. During finals, the security staffing is extended to provide nearly 24 hour study room access.

Detailed information about after hours access policies and schedule is available on the Library's MyLaw site.

Scanning & Photocopying

Free Digital Scanning

The library housess two high quality color scanners for the exclusive use of UCLA Law Students for unlimited free scanning! Scanned documents can be downloaded to flash drives or to smart phones (using a QR code scanner), uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and One Drive, e-mailed or even converted to an MP3 file. One scanner is located in the Student Computer Lab (Room A126) and the other is located in the First Floor copy room (Room 1112P).

Photocopying

All Campus Library copiers, scanners (except our free scanner) and printers accept BruinCards to pay for these services. Copy rates are as follows:

  Photocopies: 9 cents
  Printing: 11 cents
  Microform: 15 cents
  Scanning: 16 cents

Value may be added to your BruinCard online (credit) and at the Value Transfer Station (cash only) by the Circulation Desk.

Novels on our Kindle!

THE LAW LIBRARY KINDLE IS AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT TO UCLA LAW STUDENTS ONLY!

UCLA Law Students may request up to two titles at a time for downloading to the Kindle before checking it out. You must sign-up in person at the Circulation Desk and it is available on a first-come, first served basis (you cannot request the Kindle for a specific day). The loan period is two weeks, with one renewal if the Kindle has not been requested by another law student. Since we are “customizing’ the Kindle just for you, it may take up to one working day for the Kindle to be made available to you after you make your request or after it is returned by the person right before you on the sign-up list. We keep a list of titles that are added to the Kindle on a special page, called “Titles on our Kindle,” on the Tower Reading Room Collection LibGuide.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  As with other library materials, you will be responsible for the full replacement cost of the Kindle, plus a $10 processing fee, if the item is lost, damaged or unreturned. The total will be approximately $250. 

Need Help? Ask a Law Librarian!

Reference Desk: (310) 825-6414

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Student Reference Services

Students may wish to inquire whether a particular book or document is available, ask for a “translation” of a citation or ask more in-depth question about legal materials.  You may obtain reference services by visiting or calling the Law Library Reference Desk at (310)825-6414.  You may also request reference services by e-mailing the special account for UCLA Law Students only (lawlibrary@law.ucla.edu). Current reference hours are available on the Library’s MyLaw site.

Computer Services

The Library has full wireless coverage throughout using the eduroam network, which provides seamless wireless  service across the campus. The Student Computer Lab is located on the A Level of the Library and is administered by the LawNET IT Department. For assistance with computer equipment, wireless/wired connections, e-mail accounts, etc., please visit the Lab (A126A), call the Lab Office at (310) 825-2818 or e-mail help@law.ucla.edu.

Lexis, Westlaw & Bloomberg

Representatives from Lexis & Westlaw will email your passwords to your LawNET email account prior to orientation. If you did not receive your password or if you are having problems with your account, please contact our reps: 

Westlaw: Scott Wilson scott.wilson@thomsonreuters.com
LexisNexis: Charla Strong charla.strong@lexisnexis.com

For a Bloomberg account, simply go to http://bloomberglaw.com/activate and fill out the form. You do not need an activation code, but you must sign up with your LawNET email address. You may also contact our Bloomberg Law representative, Tania Wilson at: twilson@bna.com.

If you have further questions, ask at the Library Reference Desk or email lawlibrary@law.ucla.edu.

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