Regular hours during the Fall and Spring sessions are:
Monday - Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Hours are extended during final exam periods, and may be reduced between sessions, on holidays and during the summer session. The current schedule is available here or by telephone at (213) 738-6728.
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.