The George R. White (GRW) Law Library was designed with a seamless transition into the rest of the building. Rather than an expensive security system, the library relies on the integrity of its patrons to follow law library guidelines. While the law library is physically integrated into the rest of the building, materials should remain in the law library unless they have been checked out by a particular individual.
All policies are subject to change on short notification to ensure equitable use of the facilities by students.
Collection and Circulation
The vast majority of materials in the law library do not circulate at any time and must remain in the library. Such materials include, but are not limited to: primary materials or any multivolume sets including statutes, digests, reporters, or treatises.
Law faculty and students may check out circulating materials using their current CU ID card. No library materials may be taken from the library unless they have been properly checked out. Individual treatises and study materials may be checked out. Study materials are available for a two hour checkout, and are due back at the information desk at the expiration period. Study materials may be checked out overnight starting at one hour prior to close, and are due back the next day within one hour of opening. Late materials are subject to fines, and in the extreme, the library reserves the right to limit library circulation privileges for those individuals who do not follow the guidelines.
Members of the Idaho Bar are welcome to use the library Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm, however, Bar members do not have borrowing privileges. All materials must be used within the GRW Law Library.
Food and Drink
Drinks are allowed in the library provided they have spill proof lids or screw tops. Spills are the responsibility of the individual, as we do not have a full time custodial staff.
Food is only permitted in the library for special events, preapproved by the Library Director and Law School administration. Please consume food in the commons area on the second floor.
George R. White Law Library Donation Policy
This policy serves as a general guidance for accepting donations to the George R. White Law Library (the “Library”).
The Library welcomes donations of books and other library materials that extend and complement existing collections. All donations to the Library must be accepted with the understanding that the donor may not place special restrictions on the use or disposal of donations. The Library becomes the owner of all donated items and reserves the right to determine their retention, location, cataloging treatment and other considerations related to their use, maintenance or removal. Items that do not fall within the scope of the collection may be sent to other institutions, sold, recycled, or otherwise disposed. Generally, donors are responsible for making delivery of the donated items.
All prospective donors are asked to submit a complete list of the materials that they wish to donate, including titles, authors, and publication dates. All donations are accepted subject to the approval of the Library.Upon request, a donor will be provided with a letter of acknowledgment. IRS regulations place responsibility for estimating the value of donations upon the donor rather than on the recipient of the gift. See 26 C.F.R. § 1.170A-13.
Donations may be kept private at the request of the donor in accordance with Idaho Code § 9-340E. We appreciate your interest in and support of the Library.
Reference and Research
The librarians are available for reference and research assistance to law students, staff and faculty. Librarians provide formal and informal library and research instruction. Limited directional service is available to the visiting bench and bar. For in-depth assistance, attorneys should inquire at the state law library.
Services for law students, staff and faculty include:
Reference is available Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., and on Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Reference staff are located in the offices near the Front Street entrance to the library.
You may submit questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please state your question as clearly as possible to facilitate a prompt response. Replies are normally sent via email within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.
Law students may schedule a one-on-one meeting with a librarian to develop research strategies, develop paper topics or delve into a specific area of law. Specialty training for Research Assistants, and review of Lexis, WestlawNext and other proprietary databases is available. Appointments should be scheduled in advance, typically 1-2 days, and typically last 30-60 minutes.
Students, staff and faculty have access to a number of databases through the GRW Law Library and the main campus library. For questions about databases available through either campus see a librarian.
Research guides are available through the GRW Law Library website. Guides are a great way to begin your research. For questions concerning the guides or assistance using the guides see a librarian.
The George R. White Law Library is a member of CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). CALI provides access to computer-based tutorials, useful for students and faculty. Go to http://cali.org for more information and to create a new account. Please contact the information desk for the authorization code necessary to create a new account.