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Guide to the Law Library at UH Manoa : Welcome

A guide to the University of Hawaii Law Library.

Law Library

Law Library Lobby

When you enter the library, you will be in the public area with round tables for public, student, and faculty patrons to study and chat with others.  The lobby also features the Reference Desk, the Hawaiian Collection, public computers, scanners and digital copiers

CJ's Corner

CJ's Corner

This corner is dedicated to Chief Justice William S. Richardson, the namesake of the Law School.  It is a welcoming space to sit in a living room-like environment and to have a chat with others. Hand made wooden bowls flank the portrait of Richardson. Also in this area is the "humidity to water" fountain for hot or cold water supplied by the air! It was a gift from the Class of 2015.

Circulation Desk

The friendly circulation staff can help you check out books, as well as answer any questions related to fines and fees, computer access, cool stuff, and room reservations.

Walk Through the Stacks

Explore this guide to learn more about our library and other resources we offer. Check out the Law Library Map to find out where items are located.

Traveler, ceramic sculpture by Karen Lucas

Art in Public Places

Traveler is a ceramic sculpture by artist Karen Lucas, who teaches in the Art Program at UH Manoa.

New Acquisitions

New books are available on the New Book shelf located in the lobby.  Click on this link to see the newest acquisitions.

COVID-19 Procedures at the Law Library

Due to the health precautions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we have temporarily changed some of our services to keep you and our library staff safe.   The Law Library is currently closed to the public to decrease gathering. However, we are providing limited library services as described below.

For information on how to borrow items from our collections, please visit the "Request & Pick Up Items (COVID-19)" tab and the "Course Reserves" and "Access Resources in Other Libraries" pages under the Collections tab. 

For information on Computer Lab access, visit the "Computers, Printing & Copying" tab.

For information on who can enter the library, visit the "Keycard Access" and the "Reserve a Seat" tabs. 



Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Law Library is to support the research, publication, educational and service endeavors of the faculty, student and staff of the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i. The Law Library pursues this mission by acquiring, organizing, making accessible, preserving, and disseminating legal and law related information in all available formats, by providing the best possible service, support and instructional programs, and by creating a physical environment conducive to user needs.

In addition to its primary mission, the Law Library serves as a key information resource center for the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa community, the statewide University of Hawai'i system, other libraries throughout the state and region, and to the bench, bar and citizenry of the State of Hawai'i.

What Law Librarians Can and Cannot Do 

Haw. Rev. Stat.§ 605-14 states it is unlawful to engage in the unauthorized practice of law. Outlined below are examples of what a law librarian can and cannot do to assist you. We do not know the answers to all questions about court rules, procedures and practices. You are advised to talk with an attorney or a legal service program that may be able to help you.

Returning Library Materials

Return of Library Materials

A book drop is located near the Library main entrance. Library materials borrowed from any UH System library may be returned to the Law Library, except for reserve and audiovisual items which must be returned to the owning library

Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily discontinuing book pick ups from the Law School Faculty Lounge. Faculty, please return books in the book drop near the Library main entrance.


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Reshelving (Don't)

Please do not re-shelve library materials you have used but have not checked out.  Materials should be placed on the re-shelving carts.