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Guide to the Law Library at UH Manoa : FAQs

A guide to the University of Hawaii Law Library.

Public Patron FAQs

Can public patrons use Westlaw and Lexis for law schools at the Law Library?

No, both of these resources are proprietary and you must be a law student, law faculty or law staff to be authorized to use them.  However, most cases and statutes can be accessed via Lexis Uni from our public computer stations.

Is the Law Library open to the public?

The Law Library is a specialized library and is limited in scope and resources focused on specialized resources and research.  It is not a general library.  We are open to the public for legal research purposes only following a consultation with a Law Librarian to determine the viability of completing projects at the Law Library and to review our rules and procedures.  Public visitors should note that they do not have full access to our databases, nor are they permitted to check out materials.  More than 70% of our holdings are available in digital format only and are not available to those who are unaffiliated with the William S. Richardson School of Law.  Consulting with our Law Librarians will avoid unnecessary trips, and we may be able to provide you with better assistance remotely.

Appointments with a Law Librarian can be made in person or via Zoom. Below is the contact information for the reference librarians (email communication is often faster):

Cory Lenz
corylenz@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-3761

Daniel Blackaby
blackaby@hawaii.edu
(808) 956-0478

Reference assistance to the public will be provided to non-law school patrons as time and staffing allow. Reference questions from non-law school library users which exceed our capacity may be referred to the user’s own organization or a public library.  Although no time limit is fixed for answering a research question, priority for reference services is given to serving current students, faculty, and staff of the William S. Richardson School of Law.  If a public patron requires extended time to complete their project, a pass for two weeks will be issued to that patron.  Renewals will be granted upon review and application.

If you already made an appointment, please ring the doorbell or call 956-2867 for service.  Upon entry, you will be required to sign our visitor log.

Public patrons must limit their visits to the lobby area, except to retrieve shelved books or to use the bathrooms. Maps of the Law Library can be found in the information stand located in the Hawaii collection, or you may ask for one at the circulation desk.

Loitering, interrupting students or staff members, or use of the Law Library for purposes unrelated to conducting legal research is not permitted. Any person who interferes with our educational mission or disregards these use policies will be asked to leave.

Our services include:

  • identifying/recommending relevant print and Web resources
  • advice on legal and legislative research strategies
  • help using the PRIMO discovery tool
  • referrals to legal assistance organizations
  • limited scanning of materials for digital delivery

The Law Library staff are not permitted to:

  • give legal advice
  • interpret or analyze the meaning of any law or legal document
  • recommend a lawyer
  • read a section of a law, case, definition, or book over the phone or to patrons in the Law Library
  • help you fill out forms
  • compile bibliographies or legislative histories
  • complete student or work assignments
  • provide monetary change

Where are the law reviews and journals?

Most law reviews are available online via one of the public access computers and HeinOnline or Nexis Uni.

Where is the bathroom?

The Law Library has only one set of bathrooms.  Follow the right-hand aisle, they are on the right about half-way down.

Where is Shepard's?

The Law Library no longer carries a full set of Shepard's citators.  However, we do have Shepard Citators for Hawaii Reports in the Reserve collection, but Lexis is no longer updating it.