Q. Does the library have my casebook? Or other textbooks?
One print copy of the required texts for 1L courses, Evidence, Corporations, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, Tax I, Constitutional Law II, and Securities Regulations are purchased by the Library and kept on Course Reserve at the Circulation Desk for the entire semester.
The library maintains a collection of donated casebooks. We retain multiple copies of the latest 2 editions of any casebook donated by students or faculty at the Circulation Desk. If you search our catalog, an entry of Casebook Reserve indicates that it is available at the Circulation Desk (202-662-9131) and can be checked out for 3 hours at a time.
The library may also house required or recommended readings for other courses, other than casebooks, in our Reserves if a faculty has specifically requested that we do so. Search the Course Reserves catalog for the course name, course ID or course instructor if your faculty informs your class that the reading materials are on Reserves.
The library may happen to have a class reading in the general collection which has not been requested by the faculty to be placed on Reserves. You may find such titles by performing a search in the Law Library's general catalog and check the copy out.
Unfortunately, we are not able to purchase electronic casebooks for the library's collection because of limitations placed on these electronic titles by the publishers. The publishers will not sell an ebook casebook for the library to add to its collection and make available to unlimited users the way they do for scholarly books.
We are unable to scan, or obtain via Interlibrary Loan (ILL), pages out of our physical Casebook Reserves for class readings for individual students. We also cannot borrow via ILL electronic casebooks or textbooks due to licensing restrictions.
If you are experiencing difficulties getting your textbook at the beginning of the semester, please let your professor know of the issue, in case it's a more widespread problem that the faculty may be able to address by providing the first reading on Canvas or TWEN.
If you are assigned to read only a chapter or some pages out of an entire book, then ask the faculty to consider providing a copy on Canvas or TWEN for your class.
The Law Library's full Collection Development Policy may be found on our website.