The law library contains over 370,000 volumes and microform holdings covering a wide variety of legal materials. The collection includes the standard digests and annotated sets, court reports and current statutes for all United States jurisdictions, a comprehensive collection of legal journals and treatises, the major loose-leaf services, specialized collections in such diverse fields as space law, intellectual property law, family and juvenile law, and a representative selection of materials from other common law jurisdictions.

See our library map for the exact location of each of the collections described below.

The collection is arranged in the following order:

A. First Floor:

1. California Collection: Heafey California Collection (KFC 1 – KFC 1199)

California statutes, court reports, digests, administrative materials, and treatises.

2. Reference Collection: Heafey Reference, Heafey Index Tables, Heafey CD-ROMs

Shepard’s citators, current directories and dictionaries, periodical indexes, and other general reference materials are located here.

3. Stauffer Reserve Collection: Heafey Stauffer Collection

The Stauffer Room, which houses the library’s permanent reserve collection, popular newspapers and materials placed on course reserve by faculty, is an open access collection located near the circulation desk. Library patrons are welcome to browse in the Stauffer Room. The reserve collection consists of high-use treatises, hornbooks, restatements, current loose-leaf services, nutshells, and legal research aids. You can locate course reserve materials for your classes by searching the reserve lists on OSCAR. Additional reserve materials may be available on ClaraNet.

4. The Microfilm Collection: Heafey Microform Collection

The law library has a large collection of state and federal materials on microform. There are reader-printers available for use in the library. Much of the collection is accessible through OSCAR. Indexes to some collections within the Microform Collection are shelved in the Microform Reference Area just outside the Microform Room. For assistance in locating and using these materials, contact a Reference Librarian.

Included in the collection are the following:

National Reporter System
(Primarily first series, some second series)

Records and Briefs

Atlantic Reporter

Federal Supplement

Federal Reporter

New York Supplement

Northeastern Reporter

Northwestern Reporter

Pacific Reporter

Southeastern Reporter

Southwestern Reporter

Southern Reporter

U.S. Supreme Court

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

California Supreme Court

California Courts of Appeal

State Materials

Executive Papers

State session laws (all 50 states)

Attorney General Opinions (all 50 states)

Public Papers of the President

Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents

California Materials

Congressional Materials


Assembly Journal (selected years)

Senate Journal (selected years)

Assembly Analyses(selected years) (useful for legislative history)

Congressional Record (1949-present)

Hearings, Reports and Committee Prints, 1970- (Use CIS Index to locate documents, also on OSCAR)

Historical congressional debates

Annals of Congress

International Materials

League of Nations treaty series

United Nations treaty series

United Nations materials

General Assembly Official Records

United Nations Commission Reports

United States Treaties (TIAS)

United Nations Readex Microfiche Collections

Human Rights Collection, 1976-


We also have a collection of primarily historical legal treatises in full text that are not available in hard copy. Among the subjects covered are: Contracts, Property, Torts, Constitutional Law, Judicial Administration, and Criminal Law. Contact a reference librarian for assistance in locating and using these materials.

5. The Tape Collection: Audio & Video Tapes

Cassette tapes are available for student use upon request. They circulate for one week. For a comprehensive listing of the tape collection, do a subject search on OSCAR using the term: Audiotapes. For assistance in accessing the tape collection, contact a Reference Librarian.

Videotapes and DVDs, including a growing collection of popular videos with a legal theme, are available in the library’s collection. Some of these items circulate, and others are available only for library use. Search OSCAR to see if the library owns a particular tape and to obtain the call number and location. To see a comprehensive listing of the video collection, do a subject search on OSCAR using the term: Video Tapes. Viewing facilities are available in the group study/conference rooms. An individual viewing station is also available. For more information, ask the Circulation Desk staff.

To see a listing of titles in the popular video collection, do a title search on OSCAR using the title: Mack Player Video Collection. To see a listing of all films held by the University, do a subject search on OSCAR using the term: Feature Film.

6. General Library Collection: A-JS, KF1 – KF 156

This portion of the collection includes: federal statutory and case materials, multi-jurisdictional materials such as the National Reporter regional reporters and digests, American Law Reports, and federal administrative materials. General legal encyclopedias, such as Corpus Juris Secundum and American Jurisprudence, are also located in this collection. The General Library Collection continues on the second floor with call number KF 156.

7. Compact Shelving Collection: Heafey Compact Shelves

Items are arranged in call number order. Superseded and historical materials are shelved in this area along with our British, Irish, and Canadian materials.

B. Second Floor:

1. General Library Collection: JX-K, KF 159 – Z 9999

The general library collection continues upstairs, including ALL state materials (other than California, which is located on the first floor), as well as our foreign law materials.

2. Periodicals: K 1 – K 30

Law reviews and law journals are shelved in call number order. Search OSCAR by title to find out if the library owns a particular periodical. To see a comprehensive listing of all titles in the periodical collection, do a subject search on OSCAR using the term: Law Periodicals.

3. Folio: Over-sized volumes, newspapers, and periodicals in Legal topics.


The library shelves volumes that are too large to fit on the shelves elsewhere here. Back issues of legal newspapers such as The Recorder, The (San Francisco and Los Angeles) Daily Journal, and The National Law Journal are also found here.

C. Remote Storage:

1. General Library Collection: A-Z

The law library has remote storage located in Loyola Hall approximately .5 miles from the campus’ main entrance. Materials must be requested either at the circulation or reference desk. All requests made before 11:00am Monday-Friday are available by 1:00pm the same day. Requests made after 11:00am are fulfilled by 1:00pm the following business day. Materials shelved in Loyola Hall include: Archives, Aaron Director Collection, materials available electronically on Lexis, WestLaw, or HeinOnline.

2. Aaron Director Collection: Topics in Economics.

A gift to the Library from the collection of the University of Chicago Economist, Aaron Director.

Classification System

The law library uses the Library of Congress classification system. Some common subject notations for law topics are:

KF = American legal materials
KFA – KFW = Legal materials for the 50 states
KFC = California legal materials
K = Legal periodicals

All materials in the law library are shelved by their specific classification number. Because the Library of Congress classification system is based on subjects, it is possible to browse in a subject area to find a particular item as well as items on the same or similar topic.

Computerized Legal Research

The Law Library provides access to LEXIS and WESTLAW for law students and faculty. Our agreements with LEXIS and WESTLAW require us to restrict patron use of these databases to research that is related to the law school’s educational purposes. These databases must be used only for research connected with a course or activity of the Law School (e.g., moot court, law review, scholarly research, etc.).

All computers in the library’s computer labs have LEXIS and WESTLAW access. Students can send LEXIS and WESTLAW print jobs to the printer room located just across from the California Collection on the first floor.

The University’s online catalog, OSCAR, has many electronic databases and other library catalogs available for searching:

All electronic databases available through OSCAR.
Law Related Electronic Databases available through OSCAR.

Exams and Bar Outlines

Previous law school exams and Bar Review outlines are available at the Circulation Desk. An index of exams by course is also available at the Circulation Desk. An exam index and selected past exams are also available on ClaraNet [password required].

Unable to Locate Library Materials on the Shelf?

If you are unable to locate a particular item on the shelf, please go to the Circulation Desk to determine how to obtain the materials that you need:

Why Not On Shelf:

What To Do:

Checked Out

You may place a hold on the checked-out item at the Circulation Desk. As soon as the item returns to the Law Library, we will notify you that it’s available.


If the item is missing, you will need to fill out a Search Form at the Circulation Desk. You should then check OSCAR to see if the University Library holds this item. You may need to make an interlibrary loan request for the material.

In Process

If the item has recently arrived and is being processed by the Law Library’s Technical Services Department, you will need to fill out a Rush Processing Request Form at the Circulation Desk. The material will be processed on a rush basis within 5 full working days (excluding weekends and holidays) after the request date. We will hold materials for you at the Circulation Desk for 3 days after the processing period. No patron notification will be sent.

On Order

If you fill out a Rush Processing Request Form, materials on order by the Law Library will be processed within 5 full working days (excluding weekends and holidays) following the date that they arrive at the library. You will need to fill out this form at the Circulation Desk. The Law Library cannot estimate a delivery date for on-order materials. We would be happy to request the material that you need through interlibrary loan.

Computer and Network Resources

The Law Library furnishes wireless access to the Internet to patrons who have active SCU access codes. Additionally, the library has over 100 networked study stations and two computer labs available for student use – the Toso Room (1st floor) and the Ruffo Room (2nd floor). The computers in the labs are all networked and include access to word processing software. If you have problems operating computer lab equipment, please notify the Circulation Desk.

Page last updated: July 31, 2013