The Law Library's primary purpose is to support and enhance the research and educational endeavors of the Law School's students and faculty. As the only academic law library in Western Massachusetts, we welcome the community at large when legal resources are needed. Our first priority, however, is to our primary patrons, and our policies are designed with this priority in mind.
Admission to the Law Library
The following library users are allowed immediate access to the Law Library upon presenting I.D. at the Security Desk Monday through Friday until 7 p.m. After 7 p.m. and on weekends, the main entrance door is locked and the following users must use their WNE University I.D. cards to gain access to the Law Library:
- Students/staff/faculty from the Western New England University School of Law
- Students/staff/faculty from Western New England University
The following library users are allowed immediate access to the Law Library upon presenting I.D. at the Security Desk Monday through Friday until 7 p.m.:
- Law Alumni/Attorneys (Monday-Friday)**
- Students/faculty from other educational institutions
- Persons who need access to the Federal Depository Collection. This Library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code).
**Law Alumni/Attorneys who wish to use the Law Library after 7 p.m. and on weekends may fill out a Library Access Form and bring it to Public Safety Monday through Friday between 8:30-4:30, in order to obtain an access card for weekend and evening use. Please use one of the following two forms depending on your status: Law Alumni Library Access Form or Guest Attorney Library Access Form.
Members of the public who do not fall into any of the above categories, and who wish to use the Law Library resources Monday through Friday, should contact Pat Newcombe at 413-782-1616 to arrange access. Public patrons will need a valid photo I.D. to use the Library.
Only members of Western New England University, Western New England University School of Law alumni, and members of the local bench and bar have borrowing privileges; members need to be registered borrowers in the Law Library's online circulation system. Non-members can access materials in the Reserve Collection with a valid form of identification.
How Qualified Patrons Register
Current Western New England University School of Law faculty, staff and students are automatically registered each academic year. Members of the Law School's Law Review and Moot Court Teams are pre-registered at the beginning of each semester.
Other qualified borrowers need to complete a Law Library Registration Form at the Circulation Desk. A valid I.D. or a business card for members of the bench and bar is required at the time of registration.
Responsibility of Borrowers
All patrons are responsible for the library material they use and are subject to overdue fines and replacement costs for damaged and lost items.