User Services

Westlaw Edge, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law access

Research using LEXIS Advance and Westlaw Edge while signed in with your law student login is limited to research directly connected to educational activities. Note: Spring 2020 KU Law graduates will continue to have access to LexisAdvance on their law school ID through Feb. 28, 2021. There is no such research limitation while signed in with your law student login on Bloomberg Law. Contact Blake Wilson with any further questions.

CALI (Computer–Assisted Legal Instruction)

Web-based tutorials on a variety of legal subjects. Currently there are over 950 lessons in over 35 law school subjects in CALI's library of lessons. The lessons are free for KU Law students and faculty. Please contact the lawref@ku.edu Wheat Law Library reference desk for the password.

Legal Databases

Licensed electronic databases for all KU students, faculty, and staff connecting to the Internet (unless otherwise noted). Off-campus database connections may require a login.

SJD Student Resources

Guidance as you move through the process of obtaining your S.J.D. from the KU School of Law. There is useful information for prospective, current, and graduating students throughout this guide. Links are provided to help you obtain more detailed information and connect you to the university's many student support services.

Bar Exam Resource Guide

This guide provides useful resources for Law School graduates taking the Bar Exam

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in any libraries on the KU campus can be obtained through this service.

Library Policies Pertaining to Students

Loan Policy: A significant portion of the Law Library's collection cannot be checked out. Any books needed from the stacks must be requested through the Retrieve from Shelf option in the library catalog. (see instructions at Retrieve from Shelf) Library staff will retrieve the book(s) and notify you when they are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk. If you're not on campus, you can make an appointment to pick them up at the law library. There will be no hardcopy/paper Reserve Item checkout this semester due to the quarantine requirement. Some books on floors 3-5 can be checked out for one month. Books can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them. No materials will be checked out to study carrels this semester due to the new carrel policies within the Law Library. Fees are assessed for lost materials.

Photocopying & Printing: Machines are located on the second and third floors. The charge is eight cents per page for black & white or forty-eight cents for color when using your KU ID. Law students are allocated 1000 b/w pages of free printing by the Law School in August at the beginning of each school year. Once that has been used, you will need to add more funds to your KU card Beak'em Bucks account. Report any printing problems (poor quality, jammed paper, etc.) to the Circulation Desk.

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

Food, Drink and Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in the building, including the library. No food is permitted in the library; water fountains will be covered but you may bring a water bottle to fill at the bottle filler in the Informal Commons (first floor of Law School). Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Library Liaisons

Each faculty member has a Library Liaison that she or he is assigned to assist with general library services, reference queries and research needs. Faculty members can send research assistants directly to their Liaison. They should receive updates from the Liaison concerning pending research projects or inquiries.

Legal Databases

Licensed electronic databases for all KU students, faculty, and staff connecting to the Internet. Off-campus database connections may require a login.

Research on LEXIS Advance and Westlaw Edge using the educational identification number provided to you is limited to research directly connected to educational activities. Note: Spring 2020 KU Law graduates will continue to have access to LexisAdvance on their law school ID through Feb. 28, 2021. There is no such limitation while signed in with your personal login on Bloomberg Law. Contact Blake Wilson if you need a refresher or you have any further questions.

Interlibrary Loan

Materials not available in any libraries on the KU campus can be obtained through this service.

Copyright/Fair Use Information in the Classroom

Guidelines on using articles, videos, images, chapters, etc. as class materials.

KU Law School Faculty publications on KU Scholarworks

KU Law School Faculty publications on SSRN

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Library Policies Pertaining to Faculty (being updated)
Library Policies for KU Law alumni

Loan Policy: Due to recent safety and health policies any books needed from the stacks must be requested through the Retrieve from Shelf option in the library catalog. (see instructions at Retrieve from Shelf) Library staff will retrieve the book(s) and notify you when they are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk. If you're not on campus, you can make an appointment to pick them up at the law library. A significant portion of the Law Library's collection cannot be checked out. Some books on floors 3-5 can be checked out for one month. Books can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them. Fees are assessed for lost materials.

KU Law alumni may contact the Interlibrary Loan department via email or phone (785-864-9264) and request copies of scanned materials (articles, statutes, etc.) at no charge. The copies will be emailed.

Photocopying & Printing: Machines are located on the second and third floors. The charge is eight cents per page for black & white or forty-eight cents for color if using a KU login. If you do not have a KU login you will need to check with the Circulation Desk assistant for details as our policies changed January 1, 2019.

Food, Drink and Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in the building, including the library. No food is permitted in the library; water fountains will be covered but you may bring a water bottle to fill at the bottle filler in the Informal Commons (first floor of Law School). Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Reshelving Books: Due to new library policies this semester, any books needed from the stacks must be requested through the Retrieve from Shelf option in the library catalog. Library staff will retrieve the book(s) and notify you when they are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk. If you're not on campus, you can make an appointment to pick them up at the law library.

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Subscription Database Access

Electronic resources available from the KU Libraries' web site (including Wheat Law Library) are licensed for non-commercial use by KU faculty, staff, students, and on-site visitors at KU campus locations, for educational or research purposes only. Access depends on the terms set out in the license of a particular electronic resource. Generally authorized users are the registered students, faculty, and staff of the institution purchasing the electronic resource. In many cases, authorized users also include members of the public who use the e-resource on library premises.

Westlaw Edge Public Access

A public version of Westlaw Edge can be accessed at the public computer in the Reference Area

Research & Study Guides
Library Policies for the Public

Loan Policy: Due to current health and safety policies the public will need to request assistance with basic services by using email lawref@ku.edu or phone 785-864-3025. A significant portion of the Law Library's collection cannot be checked out. Items that can be checked out, using your Law-only Borrower Card, include some books on floors 3-5 which are loaned for one month. Books can be renewed providing there are no hold requests on them. Any books needed from the stacks must be requested through the Retrieve from Shelf option in the library catalog (see instructions at Retrieve from Shelf) or via email to . Library staff will retrieve the book(s) and notify you when they are ready to be picked up at the Circulation Desk. Fees are assessed for lost materials.

Photocopying & Printing: Machines are located on the second and third floors. If you do not have a KU login you will need to check with the Circulation Desk assistant for details as our policies changed January 1, 2019.

Food, Drink and Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in the building, including the library. No food is permitted in the library; water fountains will be covered but you may bring a water bottle to fill at the bottle filler in the Informal Commons (first floor of Law School). Report any spills you cannot effectively clean up to library staff so that appropriate action can be taken.

Reshelving Books: Due to new library policies this semester, all books will be reshelved by library staff. Please see "Loan Policy" above for more information.

Ask a Reference Question

The reference staff can help identify and locate needed legal materials, instruct in the variety and use of legal resources and reference tools, and find facts such as names, addresses, phone numbers.

Research & Study Guides

Topical guides to help you focus your legal research by subject.

Subscription Database Access

Electronic resources available from the KU Libraries' web site are licensed for non-commercial use by KU faculty, staff, students, and on-site visitors at KU campus locations, for educational or research purposes only. Access depends on the terms set out in the license of a particular electronic resource. Generally authorized users are the registered students, faculty, and staff of the institution purchasing the electronic resource. In many cases, authorized users also include members of the public who use the e-resource on library premises.

American Bar Association Free Legal Advice

A virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.

Westlaw Edge Public Access

A public version of Westlaw Edge can be accessed at the public computers in the Reference Area


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Circulation Desk
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Reference Question
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Christopher L. Steadham, Director
csteadham@ku.edu

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