Research Support
Research Assistance

Reference questions and requests for short-term research projects that do not require the use of a personal research assistant for an entire semester should be sent to  These questions are handled by reference librarians and library student research assistants under their supervision.

Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan

For law faculty requests for documents/books, simply log into the ILL website (ILLiad) and enter your request in the online form.  You may also still request books and copies of articles at Visit our Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan page for more information on submitting and retrieving requests.

Library staff will check out and deliver to your mailbox books that are available in our collection. Articles that you request will be provided in electronic format.

Books, articles, and other materials that are not available in our collection will be obtained for you through interlibrary loan.

Loan Periods
Faculty may borrow material for a period of up to 180 days (six months). Limited borrowing periods apply to select material.

Overdue Notices and Fines
A courtesy email notice is sent two weeks before material is due, at which time you may renew the item for 180 days. The cost of lost and damaged items will be transferred to the faculty research account.

Database Training

Need help using Lexis Advance, WestlawNext, or one of the library's many other electronic databases?  To receive one-on-one instruction in the use of any electronic resource, contact the Head of Reference Services via

Research Assistants

Reference librarians provide basic and specialized training for your research assistants upon request.  We will work one-on-one with your RA's to train them in the use of library resources, the formulation of research strategies, and special research projects.  Contact the Head of Reference Services via

Current Awareness

The library provides access to a number of electronic sources that will help you stay up-to-date in your areas of interest:

  • SmartCILP provides personalized email delivery of the table of contents of newly-published law reviews and legal journals, organized by topic, with links to Lexis and Westlaw.
  • Bloomberg/BNA Email Alerts allow you to receive updates to any of over 100 newsletters and reporters featuring the latest legal trends and developments, especially in highly-regulated areas such as environmental law, labor and employment, and tax.
  • SSRN eJournal Alerts will alert you to new papers posted on SSRN on a particular subject and include an abstract of each paper.
  • Lexis/Westlaw - Both Lexis Advance and WestlawNext provide alerts for law reviews, news, cases, legislation, and more.
  • RSS Feeds - You can follow blogs and news services by adding them to an RSS reader.

For assistance with any of the above, contact

Request a Purchase

Faculty are encouraged to recommend new titles for addition to the collection. Whenever possible, the library will make every effort to accommodate such requests. Recommendations should be sent to Elisabeth Umpleby, the acquisitions/serials librarian.