Law Library Collections Guide

Reserve Materials

Reserve

The library reserve collection is located behind the circulation desk. The collection includes current treatises, restatements and some multi-volume reference works and directories. Reserve items can be checked out for a limited time. Older treatises and restatements are available in the general collection.

Non-Reserve Books and Periodicals

General Collection

The general collection is the library's collection of classified books. The books are located on the second floor and are shelved by call number. General collection books circulate for varying times depending on the patron's affiliation with the library. Exceptions are any multi-volume sets or loose-leaf titles, which do not circulate and must remain in the library.

Federal Collection

The Federal Collection is an unclassified collection of Federal legal materials including statutes, session laws, court reporters, digests, legal encyclopedias, administrative materials and more. The Federal Collection is located in the north section of the library, in the north reading room and in the northeast corner by the Seminar Room.

Florida Collection

The Florida collection is comprised of a number of books on Florida state law, including treatises, indexes, forms, practice guides and topical reporters. The collection is located in the microform room in the southeast corner of the first floor. Florida statutes, reporters, digests, legal encyclopedias and the Florida Administrative Code are located in the north reading room behind the Federal Collection.

Periodicals

Periodicals are located upstairs on the first ten shelving units on the north side of the building. The collection is organized by call number. Magazine periodicals are located in the front lobby. The day's newspapers are on the rack next to the reference desk. Recent newspapers are located behind the circulation desk.

Regional Collection

The regional collection is the library's collection of United States regional court reporters and digests. They are located in the north reading room and in the northeast corner room on the first floor.

Reference

The library reference collection is located in the South Reading Room. Reference titles do not circulate.

State Collection

The state collection is the library's collection of non-Florida state legal materials. The print materials (all California) are located on the second floor by the Periodicals. Other state materials are held on microform.

Study Aids

Study aids include commercial outlines and exam preparation materials in book and audiovisual form. They are located in the SOuth Reading Room behind the Reference Collection and can be checked out for a limited time.

Non-Print Materials

Audiovisual Materials

Audiovisual materials are any library materials on CD-ROM, audio CD, DVD, audio cassette or video cassette. In most cases, they can be checked out and removed from the library. Materials on Course Reserve and certain archival materials may not be removed from the library. Audiovisual materials are located in several places in the library. Study aid and CLE materials on CD are located behind the circulation desk, as are any audio-visual materials on reserve. DVDs, video cassettes and most other materials are in locked cabinets and can be pulled and checked out by staff at the circulation desk.

Media Equipment

The media equipment is part of the library's Audio-Visual Department. Certain equipment can be checked out to students requiring it for class purposes. See the library's Audio-Visual page for more information.

Microforms

The library's microform collection includes both microfilm and microfiche. They are located in the microform room in the southeast corner of the first floor. The microforms are located in cabinets arranged by call number. Two readers are located in the room, which can be used to read, print or scan the materials.