Library

The D’Angelo Law Library web page, http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law, has information about the Library, its collections, services, facilities, and maps of each floor.

Contact Information:

  • General Information: (773) 702-9615
  • Hours: (773) 702-1292
  • Circulation Desk: (773) 702-0213
  • Reference Desk: (773) 702-9631

Library service hours for the academic year are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. during exam periods)
  • Saturday:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Library hours are 8:00 to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the summer. Visit the D’Angelo hours page, http://hours.lib.uchicago.edu/index.php?hstr=cehmrs, for holiday and other exceptions to regular Library hours.

13.2 LIBRARY SERVICES

The D’Angelo Law Library has a combined service desk for circulation and reference in the John P. Wilson Reading Room on the second floor. Circulation Desk staff members are available to assist law students with reserve materials, checking out items, and general questions about the Library. During the academic year, the Reference Desk is open seven days a week with professional librarians available to answer questions about the Library’s collections and resources and use of online legal research systems (Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg, etc).  Reference librarians work closely with law students on their papers, research projects, and general information needs. The librarians also teach the legal research component of the first-year Bigelow program and an Advanced Legal Research course for second and third year students.  Reference librarians are available to assist students in person, by phone, and through email and IM reference service, http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/using/reference/ask.html. A directory of librarians and library staff is available on the D’Angelo Law Library’s web page, http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/using/staff.

13.3 COLLECTIONS AND ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

The D’Angelo Law Library is one of several campus libraries at the University of Chicago that have combined collections of over seven million volumes. Using the online catalog (http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/h/1/) or Lens (http://lens.lib.uchicago.edu), the Library’s search engine, law students may identify items of interest at the D’Angelo Law Library and other campus libraries. The University of Chicago Library system subscribes to hundreds of databases, which provide access to journal articles and other electronic resources of interest to legal researchers.  Law faculty and students have access to these resources both on- and off- campus though the Library web site.  Students also have individual accounts to LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg via credentials provided to them during Autumn quarter of their first year.

The D’Angelo Law Library’s print collection consists of approximately 700,000 volumes, including the primary laws of the United States and all fifty states; foreign, comparative and international law; legal commentary on a variety of topics; and resources in other disciplines of interest to legal researchers. The Library’s second floor Reserve Room contains texts on reserve for Law School courses along with a variety of useful secondary sources and study aids.  The D’Angelo Law Library maintains an online collection of previous law school exams, at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/courses/exams/.   For pleasure reading and viewing, the third floor Fulton Room houses a collection of general magazines and newspapers, and a selection of movies and TV series on DVD is available in the Reserve Room.

13.4 STUDY SPACE, FACILITIES, AND COMPUTING 

Study tables are available on all floors (second through sixth) of the D’Angelo Law Library. Conference rooms also are available for group study. Law students may reserve a conference room at the Circulation and Reference Desks or online using their UCLAW network credentials. For instructions on how to reserve a conference room, please go to http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/using/confhow.html

The Library has a limited number of assigned carrels on the fourth through sixth floors for use of students working on law journals, faculty research assistants, law students in seminar courses, and others with special research needs. Carrels are assigned quarterly. Law students may apply for a carrel online at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/ask/DLL_carrelrequest.html.

Carrels and study tables in the Library have network jacks for access to campus online resources, the Internet, and the Law School network printers. Wireless access is also available throughout the Library.

The Law School operates a computer lab and network printers for law student use on the third floor of the D’Angelo Law Library. Additional Law School computers and printers are available at the counters on floors four, five, and six of the Library. Library workstations in the second floor reading room and at counters on four, five, and six are available for all Library users and require a CNet ID for access. 

Library lockers for laptops, books and personal belongings are available in the northeast corner of the second and third floors.  The specially designed laptop lockers have electrical outlets for charging a computer while it is secured.  Lockers are limited to short term use and keys may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.  Use of the lockers is at the students’ own risk.   

13.5 OTHER CAMPUS LIBRARIES

Law students may find it helpful to visit other campus libraries to study and use their collections. The Regenstein Library has the largest collection and facility on campus and offers a variety of study spaces.  The Mansueto Library, connected to the Regenstein, has a beautiful reading room available for students.  Both the Regenstein and Crerar Libraries have all-night study facilities available to all University of Chicago students.

Law students also may request delivery of items from other libraries to the Law School at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/ask/DLL_pagingservice.html. Contact information for other campus libraries is set forth below and a location map is available online at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/using/floorplans/librarylocations.html.

  • JOSEPH REGENSTEIN LIBRARY (Humanities, Social Sciences and Business)
    1100 East 57th Street
    Circulation Desk: (773) 702-8731
    Reference & Information Services: (773) 702-4685
    Cashier/Privileges Office: (773) 702-8782
  • JOHN CRERAR LIBRARY (Science, Medicine and Technology)
    5730 South Ellis Avenue
    Circulation: (773) 702-7409
    Reference: (773) 702-7715
  • JOE AND RIKA MANSUETO LIBRARY
    1100 East 57th Street
    Circulation: (773) 702-0901