Is the Book for This Course on Reserve?

As classes begin, we are reposting this reminder from last year about what we have on course reserves in the library and how you can determine whether the book you need is available.

What is on reserve?

Currently there are two principles guiding class reserve materials for law school courses. Keep in mind I am not addressing Moodle materials or facpacs – just the materials kept behind the circulation desk in the Law Library.

  1. Required texts for required classes.
    This category is straight forward. These are the same required books you will find at the bookstore.
  2. Materials that are placed on placed on reserve at the request of the course instructor.
    This category is less straight forward because it often includes the required texts for non-required classes. This sometimes leads people to believe that all required texts are on reserve in the library – not true.

Can I have it right now?

There is an easy way to ascertain exactly what is on reserve for any law school course and whether or not it is currently available.

  1. Go to the law library home page.

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2. Find the link to the library catalog (in the menu bar, marked by the red arrow above).

3. Select course reserves.

library reserves

4. Click on Courses.


If your class is listed in the pop up menu, then there are materials placed on reserve for that class. If your class is not listed in the pop up menu, there are no materials on reserve for that class.

5. Select your class. If you select and search a particular class you will learn which materials are on reserve for that class.

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6. Select the book you need. And if you select one of the items listed, you will learn whether or not it is currently available.
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If you have further question about Law School class reserves, ask a library staff member or email Phil at



Several months ago I blogged about our relatively new photocopier and indicated that it would scan a document which you could then email to yourself for free. Since I still see a lot of people making old fashioned photocopies at 10 cents a page, I’d like to elaborate on the scan/email feature. First, its free. Second, its easy. Its so easy that you don’t even need a diagram. Just follow the instructions below.

Platten Method

  1. Place the item to be scanned face down on the platen and close the top.
  2. Push the “Fax/Scan” button.
  3. Push “E-mail”
  4. Type in the email address that you wish to send the scan to. You have to use the “SHIFT” key to get to the @ symbol and the dot (.) symbol.
  5. Push the blue “Start” button.
  6. Turn to the next page in the document and place it face down on the platen (if there is a next page – if there are no further pages to scan, skip to step 8).
  7. Push the blue “Start” button. Repeat steps 6-7 until the entire document has been scanned.
  8. Push the “Finish” button when the entire document has been scanned.
  9. Push the blue “Start” button again to transmit the scan.

The Document Feeder Method

  1. Place your documents face up in the document feeder such that the top of the page lines up with the words “TOP OF THE PAGE”.
  2. Push the “Fax/Scan” button.
  3. Push “E-mail”
  4. Type in the email address that you wish to send the scan to. You have to use the “SHIFT” key to get to the @ symbol and the dot (.) symbol.
  5. Push the blue “Start” button.

The scanner will scan both side of every page in the feeder and send it as soon as it is finished scanning. No further actions are necessary. You may want to use one of the public computers to access your email and verify that your scans arrived in a usable form before you leave the library.


New Books Libguide

Our new library guide, New Books at The Jameson Law Library provides a new and improved way to present new books, book review resources, and student, staff, and faculty reading recommendations.

This Libguide is so new that there are hardly any books in it yet! I’ve added a few new titles and will add a page for recommended books just as soon as I receive some recommendations.

Consider this announcement a solicitation for recommended titles. You don’t have to review a book for me to include it. Just send me the title, author, and a sentence or two about your response to the book and I’ll do the rest. A recommendation can be positive or negative. Nearly any topic or subject will be covered.

Send your recommendations to:

And check out the New Books at the Jameson Law Library libguide at

There will also be a link to the new books lib guide on the Jameson Law Library website.

Remote login

I was recently surprised to learn that several very knowledgeable people in the law building were unaware how easy it is to access our electronic resources from off campus. You don’t need VPN or any special hardware: all you need is access to the internet and your UM NetID username and password (the same credentials that you use to login to Cyberbear).

Here’s how it works. Start from the Law Library website:

library homepage

Click on Law Library Databases:


law library databases

Click on any of the starred databases. If you are on campus when you click on one of the starred databases, you will be taken directly to the resource and you may begin using it immediately. If you are off campus, you will be routed to the Remote Login Page:


remote login page

From here all you have to do is login with your net ID and password. Once you are logged in with your net ID, you will be routed to the resource originally selected.

Using your net ID to login remotely not only makes all of your Law Library favorite databases available, it also works with the Mansfield Library’s A-Z list of databases. So JSTOR, LegalTrac, and Lexis Academic just to name a few, are also available.

More details on the remote login process can be found here:


Stand Up Stand Up…


What do Winston Churchill, Virginia Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway and Ben Franklin have in common?

Give up? They were all fans of the standing desk


  standup desk

To provide UMSL students with the same level of comfort that Winston et al enjoyed, the Jameson law Library has purchased three standing desk risers that turn any old desk or table top into a stand up desk. These stand up desks are available for check out (to UM Law students and Faculty only this semester) at the law library circulation desk and circulate for 4 hours.

Here are a few product details: you get a 20 by 24 inch desktop that can be raised from 10.5 inches to 14 inches high. Total weight is 14 pounds and the surface can be angled by setting the front legs lower than the back legs.  They are solidly built and (should) last many semesters.

The standing desk has all kinds of purported health benefits:  burning an extra 50 calories an hour, lowered risk of varicose veins, heart disease, diabetes, and (maybe) even living longer. Besides, sometimes it just feels good to stand up.

So if reading that legal treatise or facpac is making you drowsy, then stand up! Stand up and come to the law library and check out a standup desk.