Reference and Research Assistance
Placing Class-Related Materials on Reserve
Routing Library Materials to Faculty
Returning Library Materials
Donating Your Publications to the Library
Reserving Library Rooms
Subscribing to CILP (Current Index to Legal Periodicals)
The Library staff provides legal reference and research assistance to all students, faculty and staff. Librarians are available to direct students to various sources of information, instruct students on use of legal research tools, and to locate legal documents. Students and faculty members working on special projects are encouraged to consult with the librarians for research assistance. Librarians are available until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Research and Subject Guides are compiled and written by the Library staff to assist library users in finding materials. They include guides to finding case decisions, researching legislative history in Hawai`i and finding the current codes of states & territories.
Librarians may help with requests for research or materials to support teaching and scholarship. This help ranges from database searching and tracking down esoteric materials to handling in-depth research projects and working with faculty research assistants. Librarians also offer customized sessions on use of the Internet and other electronic resources as well as in-class research presentations. Contact the Library Director for research assistance.
Course reserves and other items to be placed on Reserve must be submitted with the Course Reserve and Exam Processing form. All items should be sent to the Library a week before they are to be used by students so that they can be processed on time. Faculty may send their materials through their faculty support staff. Library staff will list the materials online under “Course Reserve” in the Voyager library catalog.
- Current Periodicals: Full-time faculty may request that current serials or periodicals be routed to their offices. They may send a note to, call or email Catherine (956-5575; email@example.com). Current materials should be reviewed and returned to the Library within 14 days. If a longer loan period is required, inform Catherine.
- New Publications: Some new publications are routed to interested faculty members. These items should be returned to the Library within 14 days so that they can be routed to other faculty members. If a longer loan period is required, inform the Library. If no other faculty member asks for the item, the loan period may be extended.
- Extended Loan Periods for Multi-volume Treatises, Serials and Books: Full-time faculty members have specific titles on indefinite loan to them. Since these are Library materials, they should be filed and not discarded after use. When you receive updates or supplements, you may request filing assistance from the Library. The Library periodically updates loose-leaf titles for faculty as long as the faculty member or his/her support staff member has given permission to enter his/her office. If you no longer need these materials, please return them to the Library.
Law Library materials may be renewed online or returned using the specially marked basket in the Faculty Lounge. You may also return books in the drop box outside the Library or at the Circulation Desk. Hamilton, Sinclair and other libraries' materials may be returned at the Law Library, except for Reserve and Audiovisual items which must be returned to the owning library. Please return library materials when you no longer need them.
Faculty may authorize their student research assistants to charge out library materials in their names. A Proxy Borrower Registration Form must be signed by the faculty member and the student, and submitted to the Library.
All faculty members are encouraged to send two copies of their publications to the Law Library. One copy will be retained for the faculty member's personal archive. The second will be placed in the Law Libary Collection.
Rooms 115, 116, 118 and 119 may be used for group study, instructional and other training purposes. Complete a Room Reservation Form.
CILP: The electronic version of CILP is sent by email to all interested faculty members. SmartCILP is a personalized email delivery of most recent selected topics, subject headings and journals. Where available, links are provided to full text articles that can be found on Westlaw or LexisNexis. You may create a SmartCILP profile yourself by going to http://depts.washington.edu/scilp/scilp3.cgi To do this, you must get the authorization code from the Library Director. A sample of a SmartCILP page may be seen at http://lib.law.washington.edu/cilp/sample.html.