The library staff understands that your connection to family, friends, and employers is vital when you are at school, but we also ask that you be courteous to your classmates and set your cell phones to vibrate or at the lowest setting while you are in the library. If you need to take a phone call, please conduct cell phone conversations outside the library. Talking in the stairwells is particularly troublesome as voices carry throughout all the floors.
1L students will receive passwords for TWEN at orientation. First week assignments are posted here.
Library Survival Guide
If you need information about law school in general, briefing a case, or outlining, consult our new student guide.
The library has a variety of study aids located in our reserve section including: Nutshells, Hornbooks, Examples and Explanations, Emanuel Law Outlines and Gilbert Law Summaries. For specific titles see our guide on finding study aids.
The library maintains one copy of each required first year casebook in the Reserve area for two-hour check-out (no overnight checkouts). The first year casebook collection is to be used for quick reference or limited photocopying and is not intended to be a substitute for purchasing casebooks. The library does not purchase copies of required supplementary materials/handouts or upper division course materials.
Study rooms can be reserved for your study group. It’s a two hour maximum per day per group. For more information, visit the library website and click on Reserve a Study Room.
This is the authoritative guide to our favorite things here in the library to help you survive being a 1L. It covers resources about law school, case briefing, and outlining.
Beginning June 5, anyone accessing Sullivan Hall on Sundays will need to swipe their current Seattle University ID in order to enter the building. Find the library hours here.
Have a Question? Ask a Reference Librarian!
The reference desk is staffed in person Monday through Wednesday from 8:30am-8pm, Thursday and Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm and via eReference Sundays from noon to 4pm. You can stop by the reference desk, call 206-398-4225, or e-mail email@example.com.
Reference librarians can help with any aspect of legal research—finding sources, searching databases, and understanding search results. If you have a reference question, please stop by the reference desk, call us at 206-398-4225 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We welcome your questions!
Our reference team consists of:
- Barbara Swatt Engstrom: email@example.com
- Kerry Fitz-Gerald: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelly Kunsch: email@example.com
- Stephanie Wilson: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a reference question, you can contact any of the above librarians directly. Our reference desk hours are as follows: Evening reference is offered Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:30 am until 8:00 pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 am until 4:30 pm. On Sunday afternoons from noon to 4:00 pm, we will provide reference services via email (email@example.com ). We look forward to working with you throughout the year.
Stuck Writing a Paper?
Here are some common questions and answers:
- How do I go about selecting my paper topic?
Current awareness sources like topical newsletters (e.g. BNA reports) and legal newspapers (e.g. National Law Journal) are very useful. See also our Journal Staff Legal Research Guide for Tools for Finding a Topic. You may also want to check out these useful books: Scholarly Writing for Law Students, Reserve KF250.F34 2011; Academic Legal Writing, Reserve KF250.V65 2010.
- How do I find out which articles have already been written on my topic?
Consult our Preemption Check Research Guide.
- Where can I get help with my research?
Send us a question via our e-mail reference service at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us or call the reference desk at (206) 398-4225.
Need help preparing for exams? Consult our online research guide for a bibliography of books and other resources you may find useful for exam preparation.
Throughout the academic year and as we get closer to finals, students seek quiet areas to study, free of ringing phones and personal conversations. Keep in mind that voices carry in study rooms (even when doors are closed) so please be considerate. The 4th floor is a designated quiet study zone.
Library Access Policy:
All law students are required to swipe their SU ID cards after 8pm Monday through Thursday and on Sunday card swipes are required from 7am – 10am and after 4pm. The ID card swipe policy increases security and law student priority in the library.
While law students, faculty and staff are Seattle University Law Library’s main constituents, please note that the Law Library is open to all Seattle University faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are engaged in research or studies that require the use of legal material. Circulation privileges are limited to Seattle University faculty, staff, currently enrolled students, or alumni who purchase library memberships.
During reading and examination periods, access to the Law Library is limited to law students, alumni, faculty, and researchers with specific collection needs. The Seattle University Law Library access policy is posted on our website.
If you have questions about access or unauthorized patrons, please contact the Law Library Circulation staff on the 2nd floor of the library. Campus public safety can also be contacted: x5990 (non-emergency) or x5911 (emergency).
Network and Lexis printouts can be picked up in the Document Delivery Center (DDC) on the second floor of the library. If you forget to pick up a print request the day that you print it, don’t reprint it until you check the DDC. Print requests are held for a week before being recycled.
Remember that you can print to the two network printers located on the south end of the 3rd floor when the DDC is closed.
You may have noticed faculty publications on display in the library and near the Dean’s office. Duplicate copies of these titles can be found (and checked out) from the faculty publications shelving in the Reserve section of the library. You’ll find them on the shelves just to the right of the emergency exit.
Interested in seeing the new titles we’ve recently added to the collection? Look for them on the small display stand underneath the large mask artwork near the reference desk. You can check them out immediately.
Everyone has heard of the Library of Congress but did you know there is also a Law Library of Congress? Established in 1832, it is the world’s largest law library with a collection of over 2.65 million volumes. There are books from the early years of publishing through the present day. They cover virtually all of the world’s jurisdictions and are written in numerous languages. And a few of them are not available on the internet. The Law Library of Congresses also publishes reports on a variety of legal issues. These reports are created to inform members of Congress but many of them are available online to the general public. If you are ever in the nation’s capital, it might be an interesting and less visited attraction. But until then, you will have to visit the website.
Alumni services include:
• In-house use of law library materials
• Reference services including in person, by telephone (206-398-4225) and via e-mail at email@example.com.
• In-house use of Law Library and Lemieux Library non-restricted electronic databases
• In-house use of Westlaw Public Patron database on designated computer terminals; no printing available but materials may be emailed or downloaded
• In-house use of audio-visual equipment
Alumni who purchase an annual $25 borrowing membership have access to additional services including:
• Ability to borrow up to five titles at a time
• Loan periods of 30 days
Alumni do not have access to:
• Document delivery
• Interlibrary loans
• Restricted databases, such as Westlaw (except as indicated above) and Lexis
The Seattle University Law Library access policy is posted on our website. If you have questions about access or unauthorized patrons, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Library Circulation staff on the 2nd floor of the library. Campus public safety can also be contacted: x5990 (non-emergency) or x5911 (emergency).