Access and Other Policies

Studying in the Law Library

Access Policy

The Taylor Law Library is a privately-funded research facility with the primary mission of supporting the study and research needs of Southwestern students and faculty. The library is open to the following groups:

  • Southwestern students, faculty and staff
  • Southwestern alumni
  • Students and faculty from other ABA-approved law schools with current ID from their law school, so long as Southwestern students and faculty receive reciprocal access at the visitor's law school
  • Members of the legal community who have purchased a Southwestern Law Library Membership. Please download membership program description and application for more information (PDF).
  • Persons wishing to use government documents. The government documents collection is available Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., and at additional hours during evenings and weekends when a Reference Librarian is on duty. Use of the library by patrons in this category is restricted to government depository materials and related indexes and finding aids. Please see a Reference Librarian or call (213) 738-6725 for more information.
  • Graduates of other ABA-approved law schools who are studying for the bar exam and have purchased a bar study access card. Cards are available during the 7 weeks preceding the February and July California bar examinations. Additional information and the application may be downloaded (PDF).

Southwestern students, faculty, staff and library members must have a Southwestern identification card to enter the library. Southwestern alumni may use their old student ID or complete the Alumni Card Application Form (PDF) to purchase a new card. Individuals wishing to use U.S. government documents should sign the visitor's register at the Security station before being directed to a Reference Librarian. Children under the age of 14 years who enter the library with an authorized user may not be left unattended in the library.

Patrons with Disabilities

Patrons with disabilities should park on the upper deck of the parking lot behind the building. The law library is fully wheelchair accessible. Please ask any member of the library staff for assistance in reaching materials on the upper shelves and to provide such other services as may be needed. House phones are located on the first floor in the Computer Lab, on the second floor near the online catalog and in the photocopy room and on the lower level near the online catalog in front of the photocopy room. Please call Reference at 6725 or Circulation at 5771 for assistance. Students with disabilities are encouraged to communicate their access needs and concerns to library staff.

Other Policies

Food and Drink

Beverages in secure lidded containers and small snack items that are not messy, noisy or strong-smelling are permitted in the library. Please dispose of all trash in trash receptacles located throughout the library and leave all spaces clean for the next person.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in any area of the library, including restrooms, stairwells and group study rooms.

Noise and Cellular Phones

Noise from conversation is the most frequent source of complaint from library users. Conversation and other unnecessary noise should be kept to a minimum. Cellular phone usage is not permitted in the library. As a courtesy to others, please mute your phone when entering and return calls outside of the library.

Emergencies and General Security

Evacuation plans are posted at the main library stairwell, the elevator and at all emergency exits. Please take a few minutes to walk around the library to become familiar with emergency exit locations. Intercoms for communicating with the security station at the building entrance are located in each restroom and throughout the library. If you notice anything suspicious, please report it to Security or library staff. It is better to err on the side of reporting the problem. Please do not leave your valuables, study materials and especially, laptop computers unattended. Remember that your valuables can be taken in a matter of minutes.

Group Study Rooms

The library's 21 group study rooms are reserved for the exclusive use of currently-enrolled Southwestern students. Students may find reservation and use policies on the MySWLAW Portal (log-in required). Click on Group Study Room Policies in the library's page. To book a group study room, click here.

Non-Compliance with Library Policies

Users who refuse to comply with library policies will be required to leave the library.