General Information



Library Services Desk and Charney Hall Access

While the Law Library Services desk is open until 9pm (except holidays and when noted here), Charney Hall is accessible 24/7 to current law students, staff, and faculty with your Access card or mobile credentials. The Library Services staff can help with locating course reserves and study aids, assist with Link+ and Interlibrary Loan services, refer you to the Research Librarians, check out tech equipment, and update your Access cards. See below for specific information.

Study Aids

The library collection includes an extended number of study aids available for checkout. Series include Lexis Q&AExamples & ExplanationsEmmanuel’s CrunchtimeGlannon GuidesUnderstanding SeriesNutshell SeriesShort & Happy Guides, and more. During the recent move to online learning, several vendors have made their study aids available online for free. Directions for accessing each vendor’s resources can be found in the law library LibGuides page.

Past Exams

The Law Library makes some SCU law school exams available in several places – both in print and online. Previous law school exams in print are available for limited circulation in the library in the Closed Reserve Room. Selected exams since 2004-present are also available on the law school intranet, Emery. You can access Emery using your SCU login credentials.

Course Reserves

The Law Library Services Desk staff processes Course Reserve requests from faculty. Course Reserve materials are located inside the Closed Reserve room and are organized on the shelf by course name. Course Reserve materials circulate for either 2 or 24 hours. All patrons must use two-hour material in the building. Course Reserve items can be searched online by course name in the library catalog. Please note that not every instructor places material on Course Reserve and some instructors may instead post documents on their course pages in Camino.

Link+ and Interlibrary Loan Services

The law library offers LINK+ and Interlibrary Loan services to request books not available at SCU. LINK+ allows students, faculty, and staff to borrow books from other libraries in California and Nevada. The Interlibrary Loan service allows borrowing of books and articles from libraries throughout the United States.

Research Services

The Research Librarians can help you locate materials for your legal research.  All research librarians have law degrees and are licensed attorneys. At the start of the semester, the Research Librarians will send students their login information to the Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg databases. Librarians can also can help with researching many other electronic databases such as Heinonline, CEB Onlaw, and PLI Plus. Please visit their LibGuides for more info.

Study Rooms

The law library has nine study rooms which are available to law students for group study. There are three study rooms located on the second floor of the law library and six study rooms located on the third floor. Study rooms 212, 217, 314, 315, 336, 337 can accommodate groups of four students, study room 325 can accommodate up to six students, and study rooms 211 and 338 can accommodate up to eight students. Only study room 338 has conference phone capabilities. Rooms can be reserved online using your SCU login info. Study rooms are locked and only accessible with an Access card to current law school faculty, staff, and students. All study rooms are equipped with a whiteboard and technology to allow you to connect your laptop or Apple Device.

Printing Services

SmartPrint is the Santa Clara University branded student print system. Students are allotted $40 each semester in printing money for SmartPrint use. Students who use their allotted SmartPrint funds before the semester ends must add value to their Flex account on their Access Card before the system will allow any further printing. Please note that left over SmartPrint funds are not carried over to the next semester. Students may set up their personal laptops to send documents to the SmartPrint system by following these directions. There are SmartPrint stations on each floor of Charney Hall. The first floor in Charney has a SmartPrint Color printer.

Scanning Services

Student have access to two scanners available for use in the law library. The ScannX scanner is able to scan loose pages or books and has the ability to print, email, or save the files to a USB flash drive. The Overhead Scanner can automatically flatten pages, scan larger books, and save the files to a USB drive. 

Access Card updating via Salto

Library staff can update Access cards regular during library hours. Access cards need to be updated at least once every 30 days to keep your access privileges. Access cards can be updated at any of the three hotspot readers located by the doors of each Charney Hall entrance. If your card cannot be updated at any of the entrances, please visit the library desk where we can update it for you with the Salto machine.

Law Library Courtesy Cards

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to offer courtesy cards to licensed attorneys at this time.

Flex Accounts

Students can deposit funds to their Flex account on their Access card and check balances by visiting their eAccounts, the online Access Card Office, via My Web Portal. Patrons can sign in using their SCU credentials or make a guest deposit to their account. Flex accounts can be used for a variety of transactions across campus, including photocopies, food, and bookstore purchases.


Staplers, paper clips, and a three-hole punch are located in front of the Library Services desk. A paper cutter is located in the print room on the second floor. The library does not provide additional supplies to students, faculty, or staff. Supplies can be purchased at the Bookstore next to the Benson Center.

Study Carrels and Tables

Study carrels and tables are located throughout the library. Most carrels are equipped with study lights and electrical sockets for laptop use. 

Equipment and Network

At the Library Services desk, a variety of equipment can be borrowed such as microphones, clickers, chargers (phone and laptop), and display port adapters. The current wi-fi network for students is eduroam. The network can be accessed by signing in with your SCU login credentials.

Restrooms and Water Fountains

Restrooms, water fountains, and water refill stations are located on every floor in Charney Hall.

Reporting Building and Patron Problems

We are committed to making your experience in the library a pleasant one. Please report any problems you may encounter with the building, equipment or other patrons to staff at the Law Library Services Desk. Please note that the law library is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items and discourages patrons from leaving personal belongings unattended.