Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA


Reference Service

Reference librarians are available to assist patrons in their use of legal research materials during the following hours in the Fall and Spring sessions:

Monday - Thursday   8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday                      8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday                  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday                    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hours are reduced between sessions, on holidays, and during the summer session. Reference service for short-answer questions is available by telephone. Please call (213) 738-6725.


Southwestern faculty, staff and currently enrolled students may borrow circulating materials from the library. Southwestern has an extensive treatise collection, most of which circulates. Typical of most law libraries, Southwestern reserves reporters, codes, citators, digests, looseleaf services, reference works, law reviews, and journals for use inside the library only.

To encourage prompt return of library materials, fines are assessed. Please see the Library Guide for more information. Fines may be easily avoided by renewing your loan in person, by phone or on the web.


Photocopier rooms are located on the lower level and the first floor of the library. A copy card is needed to activate the copiers. Copy cards can be purchased from the vending machines in both photocopy rooms on the first floor. A one-dollar bill is needed to purchase the card. Value can be added to the card in one, five, ten and twenty dollar increments. Please note that the vending machines do not make change. Instructions are clearly marked on the machines.
Please report equipment malfunctions to the circulation staff. House phones are located conveniently near the photocopy rooms on the second floor and lower level. (Dial 5771)

If Item is Missing from Shelf

When you use the online catalog, you can determine whether a book has been checked out to another patron. If a due date appears under the "Status" heading, the material is unavailable. You may want to place a "hold" on the item so that we will not renew the current loan. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.

In certain cases, an item checked out to another patron may be eligible for recall. Because a recall may inconvenience the patron who is counting on the original due date, we will recall only if you specifically request a recall and if the recall criteria are met.

You can also place a hold on an item that is not checked out, but is not on the shelf. We will code the item as missing and initiate a search for it.

We will notify you when your material becomes available. For non-Reserve materials, we will normally hold the item at the Circulation Desk for 3 days. 

The library considers circulation records confidential. We will not release the name of a borrowing patron to any other person. Students may check their own circulation record by logging in to My Library Account.