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Law Library Student Services

Information for UW Law students about the services we offer.

Checking Out Books

Search for your book using the catalog. Log in to request it directly from the catalog. 

Law Library Materials

Loan Periods for UW Law Students
Law Library Location Loan Period for UW Law Students
Classified Stacks, L1 & L2 12 weeks, subject to recall
Compact Stacks, L2 12 weeks, subject to recall
Course Reserves, L1 by the natural light tables GATES HALL USE ONLY--4 hours
Equipment, Info Desk L1 GATES HALL USE ONLY--end of the day
Good Reads, L1 12 weeks, subject to recall
Microfiche & Microfilm, Reference Area L1 12 weeks, subject to recall
Reference Area, L1 2 weeks, subject to recall

Other UW Libraries

Request materials from other UW Libraries through the catalog or visit the library in person to check materials out. Map of all UW Libraries. Most UW Libraries materials check out for 12 weeks, subject to recall.

Summit Libraries Materials

You can find materials at other Pacific Northwest academic institutions (called "Summit") through the catalog. Log in to request delivery of these materials to the hold shelf near the Info Desk. Most Summit materials check out for 6 weeks, subject to recall. Summit items are allowed one renewal. 

Hold Shelf

When you request items using the library catalog "Request UW Item", "Request Summit Item", or fill out the ILL form, your items will be placed on the hold shelf which is located in the small bookcase that leads to the natural light tables on L1. 

How long do books take to arrive after being requested? Approximate times:

  • Law Library items: by the next open morning
  • UW Libraries items: 1-4 days
  • Summit items: 3-5 days
  • Interlibrary Loan: 2-3 weeks

Hold shelf items expire: Most items generally stay on the hold shelf for two weeks, after which your hold will expire and the item will be released back out into the wild for other borrowers to request.

Email notification: You will receive an email when the item arrives at the desk.

Check out your items: Please bring your hold items to the Information Desk where you can use our self-checkout machines to check out the items to yourself. Staff at the desk can also check out the items for you. 

Non-Law School Users: All hold requests from non-law school members will be redirected to the Suzzallo/Allen Library hold shelf while the Gallagher Law Library is closed to visitors. 

Your Library Account

For information about how to see what you have requested/checked out and how to pay library fines, log in to this page. Fines and fees information, including appeals, is on the UW Libraries Library Account Services Fines page. 

Returning Books

Please return library items to any book drop located on a UW Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma campus. All UW Libraries book returns can be found here

Gallagher Law Library has four book drops: 

  • Two at the Info Desk (one inside the library & one outside the library entrance)
  • At the entrance of the law school facing Memorial Way
  • At the back entrance of the law school on 15th Ave