Library News

New Library Service - Therapy Dog

Come and meet Elska, our new therapy dog! Elska is a Portuguese Water Dog who has been through therapy certification and will be visiting us periodically. She will be in the Law Library Lobby on Friday, April 29, from 4:30-6:30, along with her owner. Feel free to stop by and get some stress relief! Additionally, Elska will be here on Friday, May 6 from 4:30-6:30; we will be reserving 15-minute time slots for individuals or groups of 2-3 students. Stop by Circulation if you wish to reserve a time slot; first come first served.


Legal Tech Program: iPad Winner

We recently completed our three session training course in advanced uses for Microsoft Word.  Participants who completed the course were registered for a drawing for an iPad Mini.  The winner of the iPad Mini is Brittany Hinojosa! Congratulations Brittany! Thanks to all who participated. Those who completed the course will be receiving their certificates in the near future.  Also, if you didn't get a chance to participate in the course this semester, no worries. We plan to offer the course again next fall.

Here is a picture of Brittany accepting her prize:


Bridge to Practice - Sunday, April 10

The Law Library is holding its annual Bridge to Practice session on Sunday, April 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. starting in Conference Room 330. If you are looking to fortify your research skills before heading out into real-world practice, this is the event for you. We will be introducing a hypothetical—involving police, citizens, and a loyal dog who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time—and then exploring how to research it efficiently online and in print using popular secondary sources like Massachusetts Practice and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) materials, annotated statutes and citators (Shepard’s and KeyCite). The law librarians will be happy to field any questions you might have along the way.

Bonus: Bagels!

We request that you register by Thursday, April 7th by visiting this link. If you don’t get a chance to register, don’t worry—you’re still welcome.

Please direct any questions to Renee Rastorfer at or call 782-1459.

Hope to see you there!

New Displays on the Second Floor

Welcome back from break! The Library has two new displays for you. In the case in the Second Floor Lounge area is a display to help you with those end-of-the-year writing assignments and upcoming write-on competition. The display highlights guides that will help you regardless of whether your project is academic, scholarly, or just citations.

Speaking of the end of the year, the second display case in the quiet area of the Second Floor features several resources that can help you sharpen your exam-taking abilities. Law students have been taking exams for decades so there is quite a bit written about how to do that effectively. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Check out what "experts" have to say about exams.


The Law Library has purchased four iPads for students to borrow for four hour loan periods. Feel free to stop by and check one out!


The Law Library has purchased access to law books in electronic format via LexisNexis Digital Library. You now have access to a large number of our LexisNexis titles electronically. Of particular interest to students will be the  Understanding Series and the Questions and Answers Series.

There are three ways that you can access these ebooks:

l. search titles via the Catalog. Any title available in ebook format will display a link for digital access.

2. link or search directly via our LexisNexis Digital Library webpage at

3. link via the Library’s database page at

You will need your Library barcode and PIN to log in.

We will be demonstrating how to access these materials, and how to use the highlighting and annotating features that are available. These demos will take place on the following dates and times at a table outside of the Court Cafe:

Wednesday, 1/13/16, 11:00-1:00 and 5:00-6:00

Thursday, 1/14/16, 11:00-1:00 and 5:00-6:00

Tuesday, 1/19/16, 11:00-1:00 and 5:00-6:00

Thursday, 1/21/16, 5:00-6:00 

Extended Quiet Zone - Computer Classroom 329

Due to the need for additional quiet study spaces, as of Thursday, December 10, 2015 and continuing throughout the academic year, Computer Classroom 329 will be designated a quiet zone, same as the quiet zone on the second floor.  As we all know, that means no cell phones, no conversations, etc. As in the past, Computer Classroom 329 is also available to be reserved for classes. Thanks for your help in bringing about this change and good luck with your studies!

Purchasing a New Laptop?

If you are looking to purchase a laptop for the upcoming academic year, our Office of Information Technology supports both Windows or Mac OSX laptops. You may want to review the system requirements for ExamSoft, if you are planning on using your laptop for exams, which 85% of our law students do.

Access to

Western New England University School of Law students, staff, and faculty may now register for digital access to the New York Times via the Law Library's joint subscription with D'Amour Library. To register, please visit Group Passes while on-campus, and be sure to use your University email address. Once you have registered, you will be able to access whether on- or off-campus. 

You may also access the link from the Law Library Database page.

Please see D'Amour Libary's New York Times LibGuide for additional information about accessing the New York Times.  

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