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Who Owns the Beach? New Exhibit at UConn Law Library!

Star fish and ocean
Connecticut beaches are gated in ways that should be offensive to every resident of those towns.  Quotes with beach backdrop.

Who Owns the Beach? New Exhibit at Law Library!

“If a man with a family wants a nice, quiet place to swim on Long Island Sound, he’d better buy a cottage on the shore.” Hartford Courant, August 17, 19592

Our Connecticut Beaches Exhibit at UConn Law Library shines a light on the obstacles in- and out-of-towners face just to have access to the beaches that border the Long Island Sound. The exhibit notes the efforts by many to open access to the beaches.

Hartford activist Ned Coll began his struggle to open beaches to all residents in the 1970s bringing children from Hartford to see the beach and sound which, for many, was the first time. In 1995, Brenden Leydon sued the Town of Greenwich challenging their coding laws regarding access to their town beach. The Connecticut Supreme Court ultimately presided over this case where  Leydon v. Town of Greenwich relied on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as well as the free speech clauses of the Connecticut Constitution. The Court held that the Greenwich Point Park was a “public forum” which must be open to “expressive activity” of any kind — and that to limit the park to non-residents would prevent them from exercising those rights.

Ned Coll's book, Free the Beach, is available at UConn Law Library, and recounts these experiences.

As recently as 2023, the Connecticut legislature introduced Raised Bill 6650, in part, “To ensure that the development, preservation or use of the land and water resources of the coastal area proceeds in a manner consistent with the rights of private property owners and the capability of the land and water resources to support development, preservation or use without significantly disrupting either the natural environment or sound economic growth.”

Fairfield Beach crowd view
Colorized postcard of Fairfield Beach, c. 1932 permalink: Fairfield Museum and History Center, Postcard Collection

Zoning and excessive non-resident fees are also part of the challenge. Non-residents and out-of-state visitors are dissuaded from coming to the beaches due to extremely high seasonal pass rates. One town beach charges a daily fee of $45 for non-residents weekday, $70 weekend, or $545 for the season. Residents pay $60 for a season pass.

On top of this, all beachgoers have strict restrictions on what is allowed on the beach: no dogs, no drinks, no floaties, no sports, among other items. This is done to avoid, as one town termed, the “Jerseyfication” of their beaches, meaning they did not want the character of their beaches and towns disrupted with the threat of “honky-tonk style” venues opening in their towns.

The reality, however, is that while their beaches aren’t being turned into such places, they also aren’t being fully enjoyed by all of Connecticut. New Journal author Paola Santos summarizes that in her article reflecting on beaches in her home state of California, “[i]n essence, too many public beaches in Connecticut have become country clubs.” Despite many attempts to change the situation over the years, little has changed.

This leaves us with a vital question: who really owns the beach? Visit our exhibit and decide for yourself.



2 Andrew. W. Kahrl, Free the Beaches: The Story of Ned Coll and the Battle for America’s Most Exclusive Shoreline (2018).

Newsflash! Read the New York Times and Wall Street Journal on your Phone!

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Digital Access to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal is available to all current law students, faculty and staffOnce signed up, you can read the publications on your computer or phone apps! 

New York Times 

Students, faculty, and staff can create an account to view the New York Times website by following the instructions from our catalog.  To create an account, complete your registration (use your UConn email address and create a password!)  

Once you have an account, you can access the New York Times from anywhere on any device by going to and logging in with your username and password. You can access from the New York Times app on your phone as well.  

 Wall Street Journal 

Wall Street Journal access is provided by the UConn School of Business to all active students, faculty and staff at the University.  You can activate your complimentary membership by logging on to this link (you will be prompted for your NetID and password to activate your subscription using this link):  Wall Street Journal Sign Up. To access the WSJ from your phone, simply download the app and log in with your credentials.  

Happy Reading!

Frequently Asked Questions!

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We are a week into the new semester and are so excited to welcome (back) everyone!  Here are some of the most common questions we’ve seen at the front desk.  This way you can make the most of your time here on campus and focus on other things like getting ready for class!

  1. What are Course Reserves?

One copy of all required textbooks from each class is kept on reserve at the library.  To check them out (four hours at a time) just stop by the Access Service desk to see if it is available.

To return them when the library is open, just bring those books back to the front desk.  If you put them in the drop box, you may end up getting late fines, and you also deny your fellow students the ability to check the book out for themselves.

  1. What’s the scoop with Study Aids?

In addition to electronic study aids such as Quimbee, Cali and West Academic Study Aids, did you know you can also check out print copies of numerous study aids at the library?

For example, you can check out Emanuel's, Nutshells and Examples and Explanations (AKA "E & E's) for Civil Procedure from Course Reserves at the front desk.   We even have copies of the trusty Blue Book if you happen to forget it!

For more info on study aids broken down by topic, check out this research guide.

  1. Where are the printers and scanners located?

WEPA stations are located in the Computer Lab (Library 2nd Floor) and the Library 3rd and 4th Floor. Printing costs $0.08 per side (black and white) and $0.35 per side (color). Students may upload print jobs from their own laptops directly to WEPA

The Law Library provides two sheetfeed and book-eye scanners on the 3rd Floor of the Law Library, adjacent to the Circulation Desk.  Also, don’t forget that it’s free to print material from Lexis to the Lexis printer also located on the 2nd floor!

  1. Where can I find a filtered water fountain/fill station?

While there are a number of water fountains all over campus, the fill stations are located in a few specific spots.  From the front desk of the library, we often tell people to go through the double doors and take a right down the hallway to find the one we have in our building.  Otherwise, there is a station in the gym in Knight, and two in Hosmer, one of the first floor and one on the second.  They are located down the hallways amongst the faculty offices, so maybe say hi to a professor while filling up!

  1. How can I get my hands on library materials?

You are always welcome to come into the building and pull things from the shelves yourself and check them out at the front desk, and reference librarians love to help locate them if you need a helping hand.  During the pandemic, we also created a new on-demand service called Library2Go.  It’s still a thing!  Check out our page explaining the Library2Go pickup and digital scanning service.  

Always remember that we are here to help and available to answer any questions you may have.  Stop by the front desk anytime to say "hi" or feel free to reach out to us electronically:

Welcome Back to the Stacks!

Bird's eye image of inside of library with students studying at desks.

Welcome to the UConn Law Library! We are eager to get to know the ILs as you become begin your law school journey and are thrilled to welcome back the 2 and 3L students!  The library staff are here to aid in a successful transition to law school and excel in your academic year.  We offer a variety of services and resources to support you in your learning and research:

Study Rooms

Our study rooms are available for group study! Students can reserve a seat at, by scanning the QR code outside the room you want to use, or by clicking the quick link on the Law Library homepage. Each student can reserve a room for up to two hours per day.  We ask that you please cancel your reservation if you no longer need it so that other students can use the space. You can always reschedule for another time that day as long as the time block is available. View the entire study room policy here.


Library2Go is a free book and article retrieval service. Simply request a book from the library’s collection and it will be retrieved and checked out to you. Need a book chapter or an article from a print journal? We will scan and email material that falls within our copyright guidelines.  For more information on UConn’s Copyright Policy, click here. Please allow for 5 business days to fulfill your requests. Learn more about Library2Go here.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Need a book, chapter, or article that the Law Library doesn’t own? Law students, faculty, and staff can request these items using our ILL system, tILLapia. Staff will do their best to obtain the item from libraries all around the world. Just like Library2Go, scans will be emailed, and physical items will be made available across from the Circulation Desk. To learn more about ILL or to submit a request, click here.

Reference Services

The Reference team is here to answer your research questions. While they can’t do your homework for you or give legal advice, they can show you the ropes and help you when you get stuck in your research.   You can schedule a research consultation or find them at the reference desk on the main floor of the library. You can also email them at, call (860) 570-5200, or chat with them online.

Course Reserves

The Law Library keeps one copy of each required textbook that can be checked out at the Circulation Desk on short-term loan.   Please be mindful that we only have one copy to share with you and all your fellow classmates!  The Law Library also has study aids that will cater to a variety of different learning styles. For more information, check out the Study Aids section in our Student Toolkit.

The law library is a welcoming space to research, study and relax.  More questions?  You can find us at the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the Law Library, by email at, or by calling (860) 570-5012.  Stop by with any questions or just to say "hi"!  We can't wait to see you all!


Summer Reads at UConn Law Library!

Book next to beach

Looking for a summer read before returning for Fall semester? Did you know that the law library has popular reading materials available for check out to law students?   

The reading lounge collection located right by the access services desk features entertainment and leisure reading. Examples include literary fiction, pop culture, and popular legal titles.  

A recent perusal found such titles as The Partner Track, now a limited series on Netflix.  Read here how this book made the transition to a Netflix Series.

book cover The Partner Track
Netflix The Partner Track Image

A quick scan resulted in titles such Hillbilly Elegy, and Maid also adapted to film on Netflix! (can we pick them, or can we pick them?)  

Also available are the timeless  Harry Potter series and a variety of titles by John Grisham. No matter what your preference is, you are bound to something to read for pleasure before the semester begins.  

Current students can borrow circulating items for 90 days and items can be renewed once.  Plenty of time to read your summer book AND check it out on Netflix before the semester returns! Enjoy!

book on movie set

Weirdest Law in Connecticut: Fact or Fiction

Scour the internet for the weirdest, craziest, or most bizarre laws in the United States and chances are you will find Connecticut on that list.  What’s our claim to fame?  According to the internet, you can’t sell pickles in Connecticut unless they bounce.  What those listicle sites never tell you is the exact source of that law.  The myth of this pickle law is so enduring and, quite frankly, entertaining that our minor league baseball team in Hartford got in on the act, changing their name to the “Bouncing Pickles” for a game earlier this season.

Bouncing Pickle Logo

We here at the Pocket Part, and hopefully you too, our faithful readers, are all about getting to the bottom of legal questions.  And we’ve got a delicious one on our hands here, where would this bouncing pickle law live?   A quick scan of the index for the annotated version of the Connecticut General States turns up a surprise hit, Pickle Law.  Jackpot.  Could it be that simple?  Unfortunately, no.  C.G.S. § 21a-24a doesn’t say anything about bouncing.  Perhaps the bouncing was part of the old timey version of the law.  You can search across older versions of the statutes on HeinOnline.  A search for the word pickle returns 15 results.  Jackpot.  Could it be that simple?  Unfortunately, no.  The majority deal with Horse Railroads and what you can put on the tracks.   Yeah, old timey laws are strange.  Luckily, this question is a great example of not reinventing the wheel.  Research at its most efficient is building off the efforts of others.  And fortunately for us, the State Library (unfortunately for them) gets this question so often that they researched it thoroughly and have put together a research guide with their answer…  Take full advantage of their efforts and click on the hyperlink to learn the truth of Connecticut’s Pickle law!  And either way, go Hartford Bouncing Pickles!!

Pride Month 2023!

June is LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex) Pride Month! Originally celebrated as Gay Pride Day on the last Sunday in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, Pride Month gradually became a month-long event.

The Stonewall site was declared a National Monument by Presidential Proclamation. The Stonewall uprising is regarded by many as the most important catalyst for the dramatic expansion of the movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQI+ Americans.

Proclamation on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month, 2023 was issued by President Biden to launch Pride month, “calling upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people…”

Stonewall Inn Johannes Jordan/Wikimedia Commons

Today, LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world and has grown to a month-long series of events such as parades, picnics, parties and concerts, including some great events to check out right here in Connecticut:

Many legal changes for the LGBTQI+ community have been made since the police raided the Stonewall Inn nearly fifty years ago. However, continuing LGBTQ+ civil and equality rights issues remain relevant today.  HeinOnline features a LGBTQ+ Rights database.  This collection charts the gay rights movement in America, showing the civil rights codified into law in the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the inequalities that still exist today.  To learn more about the newest database check out HeinOnline’s blog here and for additional research, check out UConn Law’s Research Guide, Sexuality, Gender Identity and the Law.

Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg Summer & Post-Graduate Access

Summer is upon us!  Whether you are preparing for a summer internship or post-graduate plans, there are online resources available to you.  Here’s what you need to know about access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis, Westlaw and library databases. Need a dose of research help?  Research & Instruction librarians are available throughout the summer to assist with job or internship questions!


Returning Students

You may use your Westlaw account through the summer for noncommercial research, such as law school activities, research assistant assignments, work for a nonprofit, or in an unpaid internship.


Graduates can register for Westlaw’s Graduate Elite Program, which provides for six months of access after graduation.  Graduates also have access to the Knowledge Center eLearnings and tutorials for 18 months after graduation.

In order to extend access you will need to opt into GRAD ELITE by logging into Use the drop-down menu by your name to go to GRAD ELITE Status or go directly to


Returning Students

Lexis access continues through the summer with no restrictions on time or usage.


You will have access to Lexis until December 31, 2023 with no registration required, or restrictions.  Use the same Lexis account log on credentials you used in law school.  If you are working for a nonprofit organization, you may be able to extend your access even longer through the ASPIRE Program.

Bloomberg Law

Returning Students

Bloomberg access continues through the summer, this access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited and unrestricted.


2023 graduates have continuous access for six months following graduation, through November 30, 2023. This access is automatic (no registration required) and is unlimited and unrestricted (if students register for Bloomberg Law access before graduation).  For any questions on using Bloomberg Law, students and graduates continue to have free access to our 24/7 Help Desk at (888) 560-2529 or

 Other Library Databases

Returning Students

Returning students have full access to all of our databases, such as Hein and Proquest throughout the summer.


Alumni are always welcome to use the library and seek research help from the reference librarians.  If you stay in the area as you begin your legal careers, remember that the majority of our electronic resources can be accessed by any patron from within the library, including Westlaw. We look forward to see you back in the library!


Public Laws and Proclamations – Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
, celebrated in the month of May, originated in 1978 when Congress passed a joint resolution that became Pub. L. 95-419.  This law directed the President to issue a proclamation designating the week beginning on May 4, 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Pub. L. 95-419 was amended in 1990 by Pub. L. 101-283  which expanded the observance of Asian/Pacific American Heritage week to the month of May in 1990.  Finally, in 1992, Congress passed Pub. L. 102-450 which permanently designated May of each year as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.”

Pursuant to Pub. L. 102-450, American Presidents have annually issued proclamations designating May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.  On April 28, 2023, President Biden issued A Proclamation for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2023.  

Presidential Proclamations are policy statements issued by the president to the public. Although often ceremonial, they can have legal effect (examples are proclamations regarding national emergencies, foreign policy, and federal land management). An example of this would be President Biden’s Proclamation 10315 (revoked on December 28, 2021) which suspended entry of certain individuals in countries where the Omicron variant of COVID-19 had been detected.

This informative CRS Report Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Speech Resources: Fact Sheet provides excellent summary of both Public Laws and Proclamations pertaining to Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.  Also by CRS, the publication, Presidential Directives: An Introduction, discusses the differences between presidential directives.

The Law Library display features an assortment of academic and leisure reading books selected in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for 2023.  Be sure to stop by and check one out for summer reading!  Have a great summer!

West Academic Study Aids – Now Online!

Long commute? Want to “study” while cooking or exercising? Audio and video content is just one of the many features of our newly acquired Online West Academic Study Aids.

UConn Law Library now offers online access to over 500 study aids, including Hornbooks, Nutshells, and Gilbert Law Summaries, as well as Sum and Substance and Law School Legends Audio Content. Also included are case briefs, practice exams, and other material designed to supplement coursework.

West Academic Study Aids may be accessed at through our catalog here:  Students can create a free account allows you to add and save notes and highlight text. Use your email account when creating your account.

A good starting point are the dropdown menus immediately below the search with 1L subjects and 2L/3L subjects.

West Screen

There are numerous print study aids that can be checked out for four hours at a time on Course Reserve. For more information on study aid and a list of resource by topic – visit our research guide here:!