The Jameson Law Library staff is happy to welcome new law students and welcome back all our returning students. As you are settling into (or back into) law school, here are a few things about the library we hope you will take advantage of:
All law students have 24-hour access to the law school building and the library using your Griz card. There are Griz card readers on the south and east doors into the building and on the main door to the library. Simply swipe in any time you want access. We do ask that you keep library materials, especially Reserve materials, in the library when the library is closed. Also, please do not prop open the building or library doors as that will 1) allow access to people who shouldn’t have access; and 2) alert campus police that they should come see why there is an alarm going off.
Perhaps instead of coming into the library in the middle of the night, you prefer to research from the comfort of your living room couch. All the law library’s databases are available from any computer with an internet connection– all you need is your NetID.
We will place on Reserve one copy of each text book required for a required course. Reserve books check-out for 2 hours. See this blog next week for additional information about course Reserves.
The Law Library is part of a the University of Montana library system. Through our shared catalog, you can request that books held by other libraries in the system be sent here for you to pick up. Use the library catalog to find the book you want. If it is held by another library, click on the Hold link on the right side of the screen and enter your institution id (a.k.a. your “790 number”). Indicate that you want to pick up the book at the Law Library. You will get an email when the book has been delivered here and you can come pick it up. Delivery may take a few days so if the book is at Mansfield Library, you may just want to go over and check it out. The other libraries that are part of this system include Mansfield Library, Montana Tech in Butte, UM-Western in Dillon, Salish Kootenai College and St. Patrick Hospital.
Turn any table into a standing desk! The library has three portable, adjustable standing desks you can use while you study in the library or check-out to take elsewhere in the building. Standing desks circulate for 4 hours. See our previous blog post for more information.
Professional Clothing Closet
Do you have a job interview or a meeting with a clinic client but don’t have anything appropriate to wear? The Law Library maintains a professional clothing closet where you can “shop” for free. The Closet contains men’s & women’s professional clothing in all sizes. You can take what you need and don’t have to return it. The Closet is open periodically throughout the semester or anytime by appointment– just ask one of the librarians to unlock it for you.
The Law Library Website
The library website contains useful links to our catalog, legal research databases, Montana legal research tools, research guides, law review articles through the Scholarly Forum, and archives of this blog.
Watch this blog throughout the year to learn more about the library, and legal research and information resources. The library staff updates the blog weekly. You can check new blog posts on our website or follow the blog to receive emails when new items are posted.