During the academic year, Library hours are: Monday – Thursday, 7 AM to Midnight; Friday, 7AM to 10PM; Saturday, 9AM to 10PM; Sunday 9AM to Midnight. Hours, including special hours during summers and holidays, are posted by the Library's main entrance and under the Hours link at the bottom of the Law Library's website.
After 6:00 PM on weekdays and weekends, access is limited to Law School faculty, students, staff, and others who have received prior authorization.
The Law Library shares with other VU libraries an online library catalog (ACORN) and DiscoverLibrary, one interface for searching the libraries' vast resources of books, journals, databases, and more. ACORN and DiscoverLibrary are accessible from the Law Library website and Law School intranet.
Because of the nature of legal materials, many of the books in the Law Library's collection do not circulate. You may check out circulating materials for 90 days. Loan periods in other libraries may vary. You must present a valid VU ID card at the time of check-out.
The Library maintains a small collection of materials housed behind the Service Desk that remain on reserve indefinitely. Professors may also request that materials for individual classes be placed on reserve. Reserve materials may be checked out for 2 hours.
If a book you need is checked out, you may recall it using the "Recall this Item" button in the ACORN catalog. If you need help with this service, please visit the Service Desk.
If you cannot find a book you believe should be on a shelf, please speak with someone at the Service Desk.
Materials not available in the Vanderbilt Libraries may be obtained through interlibrary Loan. If you have never submitted an interlibrary loan request before, please seek assistance at the Service Desk.
During the academic year, a reference librarian will usually be available Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. For reference assistance, please ask someone at the Service Desk to contact the on-call reference librarian.
Study carrels are located throughout the Library and are available for student use, unless otherwise indicated by a reserved sign on the carrel. Carrels may be reserved by LL.M. students, law journals, and for faculty and visiting scholar use.
Study rooms are available for group study for law students only on a first-come, first-served basis. Near and during the finals period, study rooms are reserved in two-hour blocks.
Lexis and Westlaw, the two major computer-assisted legal research systems, are available to all Vanderbilt Law School students, faculty, and staff. Research librarians, company account representatives, and student representatives can provide assistance and instruction on search strategies, database content, and general searching tips and techniques. Documents from LexisNexis can be printed on stand-alone printers located in the Library copy room.
Lexis and Westlaw distribute passwords to all law students. Passwords must be registered shortly after they are issued or the vendors will deactivate them. Visit the websites listed on your Lexis and Westlaw registration materials to register your passwords. If you need assistance, please contact a reference librarian.
Bloomberg Law is another legal research system that is currently in use in some law firms. As a Vanderbilt law student, you have access to this research system. If you do not currently have access to Bloomberg Law, you can register for an account.
CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) provides web-based interactive lessons on legal topics that the Law Library makes available to you. Registration is required with a specific authorization code, available by contacting the reference staff.