About the library

Loan Policy: A significant portion of the Law Library's collection does not circulate (e.g. reference materials, periodicals, primary materials, etc.).

Items that do circulate include Reserve items which are loaned for four hours and some classified works which can be checked out for one month, but can be recalled after two weeks. Classified materials can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them.

Fees and replacement costs are assessed for lost materials.

Photocopying, Scanning, & Printing: A multifunction device (MFD) is located on the main floor of the library near the Circulation Desk and on third floor. The charge is eight cents a page for black and white copies/prints when using your KU login. Those with a KU login can scan documents and save them to a flash drive or send them directly to their KU email account.

Lost and Found: Items found in the library are kept at the Circulation Desk.

Food, Drink, Smoking: Smoking and other tobacco use is not permitted in the building, including the library.

Snacks and Beverages: These may be consumed away from library collections, computers, and equipment. For example, at carrels or study tables but NOT while seated at library computers or finding books in the stacks. Please dispose of all trash/recycling in appropriate containers so that a clean environment can be maintained. Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Cell Phones: Library users are asked to silence all cell phones while in the library. Also, calls should be made/answered outside the library.

Group Study Rooms, Carrels, and Tables: Law students may reserve group study rooms (located on the first and fourth floors) by signing up at the Circulation Desk. There is a limit of 8 hours per week per student.

Carrels are available to law students* on a first-come first-served basis on 1st, 3rd, and 4th floors. Sharing is encouraged due to the limited number of carrels. Sign up sheets will be available on those floors at the beginning of the fall semester.
* Law Review and Law Journal will assign 5th floor carrels to their staff

Any library users may study at the large tables located in the Reference Area and in the stacks on 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors.

Reshelving Books: Library users are requested to reshelve books whenever possible for everyone's convenience.

Call Number Locations in Wheat Law Library

Reference Collection Special legal reference materials available on the Second Floor are local Shepard's Citators, indexes to legal periodical literature, and directories of attorneys and law firms. The collection also includes dictionaries, bibliographies, a few local telephone books and other finding aids of both a legal and general nature. There is also a selection of reference materials available online.

Reserve Materials These materials are kept behind the Circulation Desk and can be checked out for four hours. A library staff member will retrieve the item you need. Included are: Titles in heavy demand, Faculty reserve items, and SJD dissertations. A list of materials on reserve may be accessed in the KU Libraries Online Catalog.

Dictionary Stands A dictionary stand is located on Floors One (in the large study room), Three, Four, and Five. Each stand includes:

  • A law dictionary
  • An English language dictionary
  • Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations

Atlas Stand Political, economic and historical maps of Kansas, the United States, and the world are found on the atlas stand on the 3rd floor outside the computer lab.

Online Services Computers in the library provide access to a wide number of databases. Some of the databases are only indexes; others provide bibliographic information or actual data including statutes, regulations and cases. Please see a reference librarian for assistance with any of these services. Some require special passwords for access while others are easily accessed without assistance.

The KU Libraries have subscriptions to a wide variety of web-accessible databases which can be used by all KU students and staff connecting to the Internet.

Public computers Library patrons that are not affiliated with KU may use the public computers in the Reference Area to access many of the library's subscription databases. A public version of Westlaw Edge is available on these computers.

Computerized Legal Research The law library subscribes to Bloomberg Law, LEXIS Advance, and Westlaw Edge legal information retrieval systems that include in their databases statutes, reports from federal and state courts, selected administrative materials, law review articles, and other legal and related sources. Training is necessary and required for all law students taking the Appellate Advocacy course. Instructional sessions for other law students are also available by reservation. Training sessions are conducted regularly.

Bloomberg Law, LEXIS Advance, and Westlaw Edge are accessible over the Internet and from computers in Room 306D and the carrels outside of Suite 306. Students with passwords can also gain access anywhere through their websites. These three databases may be used by the KU Law School community only; use by non-law-school-affiliated patrons is prohibited under the terms of our contracts.

In addition the library provides free access to many government and legal databases by linking these databases to our webpage. Our webpage is regularly updated. Please check it out periodically for new and updated information.

Please see a reference librarian for assistance with any of these services.

Computer Lab All KU students/staff can access the wireless network within the Law School. Suite 306D houses computers exclusively for the convenience of law students. There are desktops outside of Suite 306. Computers for law students provide word processing, web browsing, and Multi-State Bar Exam Drills plus many other options.

U.S. Government Documents The Law Library is a selective depository for U.S. Government Publications. All docs have been integrated into the regular collections and are shelved in LC classification order. Archival documents issued in microform are stored in the microform cabinets in the Reserve Area. The collection focuses mainly on judicial and Congressional materials.

Microform Collection This collection in the Reserve Area contains Native American resources, Supreme Court Records & Briefs, and various other archival materials. The microform reader/printer/scanner is available free of charge; please ask at the Reference Desk.

Rice Collection The Raymond F. Rice Collection, located on the Fifth Floor, has been provided by the late Raymond F. Rice, Class of '08 and a former member of the School of Law Faculty, for the use of the faculty, judges, members of the practicing bar and visiting scholars.

The Rice Collection includes selected United States and Kansas primary materials, selected primary search materials and major law reviews. Some treatises and dictionaries are also provided for use in the Rice Room.

The Wheat Law Library showcases collections of interest in several display cases throughout the library. Displays include Recent Faculty Publications (near the library entrance) and a collection of International Publications (on 4th floor). We encourage visitors to come in and view the displays in person.

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The Library Resource Guide is intended to introduce users to the Wheat Law Library's resources and services. It will help you find your way around the five floors of the building, will explain the procedures regulating the use of the library and its collections, and will describe the principal tools and methods for conducting legal research. Call Number Locations in Wheat Law Library

Contact the library

Circulation Desk
(785) 864-3026

Reference Question
(785) 864-3025

Christopher L. Steadham, Director

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