As a student at Michigan Law, you have access to the best in legal research resources right under your feet. Go underground to uncover a world devoted to your scholarship, study, and skills development.
During the school year, the Underground Library is open from 8am to midnight and the Reading Room is open from 8am to 2am (Sunday - Thursday) and 8am-midnight (Friday and Saturday). Hours may vary during exam periods and holidays. Check this page for up-to-date hours.
Secret to Success
A quiet place to study. A scan of a textbook chapter. A room to meet with classmates. A topical study guide. A laptop charger. The Law Library is here to provide you with all the little amenities that add up to success in law school.
Waiting for you in the Law Library:
Your Local International Library
The Law Library seeks to provide a complete, worldwide collection of primary material, and a research-level collection of secondary and research resources. That means whatever the body of law, historical era, or global jurisdiction you are researching, the Law Library can support your work.
In Your Hands or On Your Screen
The Law Library collection is the second largest library on campus, with 25 miles of bookshelves, and that's just the beginning. We also have hundreds of thousands of electronic titles, with more being added all the time. These are books you can read from the comfort of your study space--wherever that might be.
Loans Not Limits
If the book or journal article you need is not on campus, you can still count on the Law Library. Request an item through your Interlibrary Loan account, and the Law Library staff will have it delivered to your carrel shelf, your email inbox, or the Circulation Desk.
The Michigan Law Library does not circulate its collection, meaning that most books and other materials are not permitted to leave the building. This is to ensure that the book you need is available and obtainable whenever you need to do research.
The Library is happy to send high-quality, text-searchable scans of book chapters, journal articles, and other materials upon request so that you can read and re-read at your convenience. Just use the "Request" button in the catalog or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This guide was created and updated by Michigan Law Reference Librarians.