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Guide to Columbia Law Library Services and Policies

Course Reserves

Casebooks and other required texts may be placed on Course Reserves at the request of the instructor. If a required text for your class is not on Course Reserves, ask your professor to fill out the Google Form emailed by the Law Library. 

Course Reserves may be available electronically, in print, or both.

Print Course Reserves are available to checkout from William and June Warren Hall Room 101 during our service hours.  You may borrow a Course Reserve book for a five hour loan period.

Obtaining Law Library Books

Use our Law Library catalog, Pegasus, to search for a book, journal, or electronic resource by title, author, or keyword. Use post-search filters to narrow your list of results. Advanced search with more functionality is available.

Once you have found a particular book or item, click to see its catalog record. Make sure you are logged in. When logged in, next to many books you'll see an option to "Request Pickup." Fill out the linked Google Form. Our Circulation staff will then retrieve the book from our closed stacks area and email you when it's ready to be picked up from WJW 101. If
"Request Pickup" is not an option, email the Reference Desk. If a book is stored in an offsite facility, we'll request retrieval of it for you. If a book is not available, we'll discuss other options, like electronic availability or InterLibrary Loan.

Borrowing Books

Students may borrow materials from the Law Library for one semester by bringing them to the Circulation Desk in WJW 101 to check out. Some items, however, do not circulate, including:

  • damaged items
  • special collections materials

All borrowed materials must be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk in WJW 101.

Items may be renewed in person or online by viewing your patron record in Pegasus. For further information about your Law Library account, please contact the Circulation Desk.

Your Law Library books do not appear on your CLIO account; we do not use the same circulation system as the other Columbia University Libraries.