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.). In addition, no Reserve materials will circulate at this time due to health and safety protocols being implemented.

Items that do circulate include 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. Please note: this semester you will need to request any law library books you want by emailing lawref@ku.edu or calling the Circulation Desk (785-864-3026) or using the Retrieve from Shelf option in the catalog. Materials will be pulled for you and you'll be notified when they are ready to be picked up.

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; they can be used by anyone with a KU login. 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. Law students are allocated 1000 b/w pages of free printing by the Law School 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.

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

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

Snacks and Beverages: Due to health and safety protocols being implemented at this time no food is allowed. You are encouraged to bring your own water bottle which can be refilled at the bottle-filler station in the Informal Commons.

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:   Study rooms are currently open to one person at a time due to social distancing policies. Study room reservations are required. Contact the law library at lawref@ku.edu or visit the Circulation Desk for additional information.

Carrels are available to law students on 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors. Multiple students may be assigned to a study carrel, in limited time blocks, if demand exceeds the supply of available carrels. The complete Study Carrel Policies are available. To facilitate this scheduling and prioritize carrels for those with the greatest need, please fill out and submit a brief Study Carrel application

Tables located in the Reference Area and in the stacks on 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors may be used for study by any library user.

Reshelving Books: Library users will NOT be reshelving books. Due to health and safety protocols the stacks are closed. Any books needed from the stacks should be requested through the Retrieve from Shelf option in the library catalog. See the "Loan Policy" section above for more details.

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 Not available for checkout at this time due to health and safety regulations being implemented.

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.

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 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 website. Our website 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.

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. We have a microform reader/printer/scanner and a librarian can scan or print pages 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).

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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