Who may use the law library?
The primary mission of the law library is to serve the research and study needs of faculty, currently enrolled students and the DePaul University community. The library is open to members of the public who are conducting serious legal research. With the exception of select government documents databases, Internet and wireless network access is not available to the public. However, the vast majority of the print collection can be used within the library. Patrons without DePaul ID cards must ring the buzzer to gain entrance, sign in and show current photo identification.
For complete hours, including holidays and closings see the library hours page.
Where is the law library located? How do I contact the library?
The law library is located in the Lewis Center at 25 East Jackson Boulevard on the university's Loop Campus. You can enter the building from either Jackson Boulevard or South Wabash Avenue. The library occupies the 4th through 6th floors, with the entrance on the 5th floor. There is an internal staircase and elevators to get to the other floors. Although the library doors are normally closed, access is granted by swiping a current DePaul ID or DePaul alumni card. Those without access cards should ring the buzzer to gain entry, show a current photo ID and sign in at the circulation desk. The general number for the Library is (312) 362-8121, and the number for the reference desk is (312) 362-6894. Phone numbers for individual staff members can be found on the staff directory web page.
Can I use the computers in the lab?
The law school computer lab is located in room 513 in the law library. It is exclusively for enrolled law students and law faculty. Currently enrolled DePaul University students and faculty may use the university computer lab on the 14th floor of Lewis Center. There are no public computing facilities for those not currently affiliated with DePaul. Chicago residents have access to various computing resources at the Harold Washington Library Center's Computer Connection. The Harold Washington Library Center is located at 400 S. State Street, less than two blocks from DePaul Law Library.
Can I use Westlaw or Lexis?
Westlaw is a subscriber-only service of the West Group Publishing Company, and Lexis-Nexis is a subscriber-only service of Reed-Elsevier, Inc. DePaul University Law School's user agreement permits access to both services only for current law students, faculty and the professional staff of the library. If you do not have a password it is not possible to use either service. In addition, current Westlaw or Lexis-Nexis subscribers not affiliated with DePaul Law School should be aware that there are no public terminals from which to log on to the service.
Current DePaul University students and faculty not associated with the law school may use the Lexis-Nexis academic databases for law and business located in the A-Z database list page provided by the university libraries. The agreement with Reed-Elsevier does not make it possible to offer these databases to anyone outside of current students, staff and faculty.
Where are the copiers? How do I pay for copies?
There are four copiers in the law library; two are on the 4th floor and one each on the 5th and 6th floors. These machines do not take cash, but use the university's Intelliprint bad link system. You can put money on a DePaul ID or on rechargeable copy cards that can be purchased for $1 with 50 cents credit for copying or printing. Machines are located in the 4th Floor Copy Room.
The Rinn Law Library has three microform copiers with coinboxes in the Microform Room (Room 401). Copies from these machines are 10 cents per copy and only take nickels and dimes. Next to the reference desk, a reference scanner is available for users to email PDF images at no charge, or print for 8 cents per page via the university's Intelliprint system. This uses the same card system as the copy machines.
How do I find a book I'm looking for?
The library catalog, I-Share, is accessible from any computer connected to the Internet or via the terminals across from the reference desk. Books may be searched by author, title or subject. When using Illinet Online to determine a book's location, you will find a call number and the library in which it is located. Loop Campus denotes a location in the university library on the 10th floor of DePaul Center. Only those books with Law Library listed as the location are in the law library.
Where are the reserve materials?
Reserve materials are kept behind the circulation desk. Reserve materials include books and articles put on reserve by professors for particular courses as well as any item whose location is listed as "Reserve" by I-Share.
Where are the journals? Are they all on the 6th floor?
Most general law reviews are on the 6th floor, arranged alphabetically between the call numbers of K1 and K30. However, many journals, including those focused on a specific area of law and those not directly law-related, are shelved with books on the same subjects. Always check the online catalog before concluding that the journal is not in the library.
The call number of this book starts with a three-digit number rather than with letters. Where is it?
The Rinn Law Library uses Library of Congress call numbers, which always begin with one to three letters followed by a string of numbers. The other DePaul libraries use the Dewey Decimal System of classification, which always begins with a three-digit number. Check the location of the book in the catalog. If it has a Dewey number and the location says Loop Campus, it is in the DePaul Library on the 10th floor of DePaul Center. If it says Lincoln Park, it is in the Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park campus.
Where can I go for help finding information?
If you can't find the book you are looking for in the online catalog or you need more detailed research help, go to the Reference Desk (across from the entrance to the library). You can call the Reference Desk at (312) 362-6894 or use Online Reference to request an email response. For current reference hours see the hours page. bad link
Who may check out books?
In general, current DePaul students and DePaul alumni may check out any book not listed in I-Share as Reference, Reserve or Non-Circulating. The online catalog will indicate the loan period, usually either a week or 24 hours. DePaul Law Library is a member of two library consortia: CLAS, which includes most of the academic law libraries in Chicago, and ILCSO, a statewide library consortium. Authorized users of libraries in either consortium may borrow only those books listed as circulating for one week.
If you are not sure whether your institution is a member of CLAS or ILCSO, check with your institution's library.
Can I get legal advice from the librarians?
The librarians and library staff cannot give legal advice. If you are not an attorney and you are attempting to deal with a complex legal issue we strongly advise you to speak with an attorney familiar with the legal area in question.
The Chicago Bar Association has a lawyer referral service to match prospective clients with an attorney. Another service is Illinois Lawyer Finder. For individuals in DuPage County, visit the DuPage County Bar Association.
Can you fax/email me an article?
The library does not offer a document delivery service. While members of the public are welcome to come in and use the library's resources during our public hours, we do not have the staff or resources to respond to telephone, fax or email requests for documents.