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Legal Research Resources for the Public: Library Policies and Information

Access Policy

For information about obtaining a legal research pass for the Smith Underground Library, please speak with a reference librarian. See our main page for the latest information about library access at this time, or email

Those without a legal research need are welcome to use the unrestricted portion of the Reading Room, which is open for general study.

Navigating the Library

The Smith underground library consists of three floors, with the highest referred to as "Sub-1" and the lowest called "Sub-3."

Each floor of Smith has the same basic floor plan:

  • the Core: where the Information Desk and restrooms are located.
  • the North wing: if facing the large window, to your right. 
  • the West wing: if facing the large window, to your left.

So, a book located on S-2W will be in the West wing of the second floor (Sub-2).

Visit the Information Desk for help locating material.

Circulation Policy

Only current members of the MLaw community (students, faculty, and staff) can take library books out of the building. You are welcome to browse the three floors of stacks and peruse books at the desks, carrels, and tables throughout the library.

The library collection is contained in both open and closed stacks. The majority of books in the closed stacks were published prior to the year 2000. Recent texts and current law are, for the most part, in the open stacks in the Smith underground addition.

If you have ongoing research needs and are interested in being able to pull books from the closed stacks, please see a reference librarian.