Law Library


The Law Library is home to Law Databases ranging from Bloomberg Law to Westlaw to online study aids, copies of all the casebooks used in class, Audio CD and MP3 study aids, research help for law students and faculty, and more! Click through the links below or visit the Law Library in person for more information about our Law student and faculty services.

In order to check out materials one must have a valid ZipCard or photo ID. Books circulate for four weeks. Audio materials circulate for 72 hours except during the Reading Period and the Finals Period. During these two weeks they circulate for 24 hours. Reporters, periodicals, multi-volume sets, loose- leaf materials do not circulate.

Due to the renovation of the C. Blake McDowell Law Center, access to the print collection has changed.

OASP Materials are available in Room 308 of the Central Hower Building (123 S. Forge Street)

Available for law students and faculty in the Law Library at Central Hower, Room 322, we have:   

  • Course books (Except Summer Interim 2016 course books are at the circulation desk at the Law Center.)
  • Sum and substance audio CDs
  • DVDs
  • United States Code Service
  • Reference Collection (popular items, including hornbooks and current Ohio treatises)
  • Ohio Jurisprudence 3d
  • West's Ohio Digest
  • Ohio Revised Code Annotated (Baldwin's and Page's)
  • Ohio Administrative Code
  • Current treatises
  • Current law reviews

The library staff will be happy to help you locate the items you need.  Also, many items can be ordered via Ohiolink.

Additionally, much legal information and law study materials  are available electronically:

The Law Library maintains a collection of 10 laptops that may be checked out by Law Students. Important laptop information:

  • laptops cannot be used for ExamSoft purposes
  • laptops are set up to print to the printers in the Law Library
  • data cannot be saved on the laptops – please use network space or a USB device
  • software may not be installed by laptop borrowers
  • laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis and may not be reserved
  • laptops 1-5 will circulate for 24 hours and 6-10 will circulate for 7 days. No renewals.
  • fines accrue at $10.00 per hour up to 10 hours at which time the laptop is electronically billed
  • laptops are billed at $2000.00 + $200.00 replacement and service fees
  • if the laptop is returned the $2000.00 billing fee will be waived, however the $200.00 replacement and service fees will remain
  • failure to return a billed laptop may result in the involvement of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and the University Police


Printing from Lexis Advance

Law student Lexis Advance printing may be sent to the dedicated LexisNexis printer located on the first floor of the law building. There is no charge for Lexis Advance printing sent to the LexisNexis printer. In order to send Lexis Advance prints to this printer students must use the Lexis Advance printing features and select the LexisNexis printer as their printer. Pick up your prints at the Law Technology Office, Room 130. There are no dedicated printers for Westlaw or Bloomberg Law. Law students use the Law School network printers for their Westlaw and Bloomberg Law prints.

Network Printing

Use the Internet browser print feature or the print command from the program you are using to send your print job to the network printers available to you at the Law School and in Room 309 of Central Hower. Network printers are located on each floor of the Law School. The cost for network prints is 5 cents per side for black and white prints and 10 cents per side for color prints. Law Printer 3, located across from the Law Library Circulation Desk (in the Law Center), offers the color print option. Printing is paid for using funds on either a Zip Card or UA Guest Card. Each network printer has a print release station next to it where you swipe your Zip Card/UA Guest Card to pay for and release your prints. For more information about Zip Cards/UA Guest Cards visit the Zip Card webpage.

For printing assistance please see a member of the Akron Law Technology Support Staff or a member of the Law Library Staff. For information about wireless printing please visit the Law Technology Support page.


There is one public photocopier located across from the Circulation Desk(in the Law Center). University of Akron students and personnel may add funds to their Zip Card. These funds may be used to make photocopies. For those without a Zip Card, guest cards may be purchased from the card dispenser located in the Law Library. The initial card costs $1.00 (no value on the card). You must add additional funds to the card before you will be able to make copies. Any time after buying your card you may increase the balance on the card by following the instructions on the card dispenser/value transfer station. Photocopies cost 7 cents each black and white copy and 20 cents for color. Scanning to your own thumb drive is free. Funds placed on the guest card can also be used to pay for printing on the Law Library's printers.

For more information adding funds at other locations on campus see the Zip Card website and for more information on adding funds online go to

Law students also have access to a photocopier/scanner in Room 317 of Central Hower.

In a hurry?

If you can wait 1-3 days...

Search the UA Libraries 

  • If what you need is available on campus, then you can request to have the book placed on hold for you to pick up at the Law Library. Simply click on the "Request" button at the top of book's record.
OhioLINK Catalog
  • Unable to find your book in the UA Libraries Catalog? Or is the book checked out or missing? Then you can search the OhioLINK catalog. If a member library has the book you need, you can request to have it sent to the Law Library for you to pick up. You can either search the OhioLINK catalog directly, or simply click on the "OhioLINK" button while viewing your search results, or a book's record, within the UA Libraries Catalog.

If you can wait 1-2 weeks...

Place an Interlibrary Loan request (Law students, faculty, and staff only. Bierce users: go here; Wayne users: go here.) If the book you need is unavailable through any of the above resources, then you can place an Interlibrary Loan request.

  • The Law Library will try to locate the book in libraries across the country and, if necessary, worldwide.
  • Books typically take 1-2 weeks to arrive, but there is no guarantee that we can borrow the book you need. Note that the Law Library will not request case books, study aids, or nutshells.
  • When filling out the online request form, please provide as much citation information as possible. Please provide any extra notes or details in the "Comments" section of the form.
Renew Your University of Akron & OhioLINK Materials

Need help?

For research help:

  • Call (330) 972-7330 or stop by the Reference desk

For questions about Interlibrary loans and OhioLINK:

  • Contact Tiffanie Nevins via e-mail or telephone at (330) 972-7330

ALR is a web-based, self-pace course. There are no lectures or class time. It is considered to be a distance education course by the American Bar Association (ABA).

  • Information about this course can be found on Springboard after you register for the course. Log-in to Springboard ( using your UAnet ID. You will also receive a detailed instruction memo by e-mail the first day of the semester.


ABA Standard 306(e) states that students have to complete 28 credit hours before they can take any distance education courses.

The course consists of modules. You must complete a minimum of 14 module hours. There are two required modules for ALR, Federal Legislative History (5 module hours) and Federal Administrative Research (3 module hours). The two required modules must be completed during the initial semester that you register to take ALR.

In addition to the required modules, you also need to complete a minimum of 6 elective module hours prior to graduation. You may take elective modules the same semester as the required modules or you may take the elective modules a later semester.

Here is a listing of all the available modules:


Module Hours


Federal Administrative Research (REQUIRED)


Kyle Passmore

Federal Legislative History (REQUIRED)


Sue Altmeyer

Federal Government Documents


Kyle Passmore

Internet Legal Research


Annette Souare

Intro to Casemaker


Annette Souare

LexisNexis- Shepard’s


Kyle Passmore



Kyle Passmore

Ohio Legislative History


Sue Altmeyer

Bloomberg Law


Kyle Passmore

Patent Law


Sue Altmeyer

Trademark Law

2 Sue Altmeyer

Tax Law

2 Sue Altmeyer

Questions? Contact Ms. Passmore at 330-972-6352 or