Library Information

General Information

The Library entrance is on the 6th floor of the Law School. Access to the Library is available through the Law School building at 315 S. Plymouth or the State Street entrance and also through a walkway on the 6th floor of the CBA building at 321 S. Plymouth. The walkway is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more detailed descriptions of the Library’s services, holdings, policies and business hours, visit the Library website at

Telephone Numbers

To reach the library by phone, call the Law School’s general number (312) 427-2737 and press x710 for Circulation or x729 for Reference. The Circulation Desk also has a direct number, (312)987-1413.



Library Access & Privileges


The John Marshall Law Library connects patrons to the world of legal information. The physical Library serves as a commons for patrons to use print items and electronic resources.


1. CBA members must have a JMLS photo i.d. card to use the automatic entrances to the Law School and CBA walkway. Please complete a Library Usage Agreement and pay a one time fee of $10 for the card. The card remains valid for as long as you are a CBA member in good standing. I.d. cards may be purchased on the second floor of the JMLS building.  Your JMLS photo i.d. card gives you automatic access to the library during all hours that the Library is open.


2. You must have a JMLS photo i.d. card in order to check out Library materials, which circulate.  Please obtain a JMLS photo i.d. card from the Security Dept. Office, Room 209 on the second floor of the State Street building.


3. You can also use your card to make copies and print at the Library.


4. Sharing a JMLS photo i.d. card is a violation of the Law School’s security policy. Please do not lend you card to anyone. There is a $25 replacement fee for lost cards.


5. You may also obtain an i.d. card for your law clerk(s). Please provide the name(s) of your clerks under the authorization portion of the Library Usage Agreement and pay $10 for each clerk’s card. The clerk’s card allows your law clerk to use the Library and also check out materials on your behalf. Clerk’s cards remain valid for 6 months and may be renewed for an additional $10 fee.


6. The Library allows tightly covered drink containers, including plastic bottles and cardboard coffee cups. If you bring food into the Library, please be respectful of fellow patrons.


7. Please set cell phone ringers on silent or vibrate when entering the Library. Talking on a  portable telephone is not permitted in the Library. Please leave the Library or go to a stairwell before using such a device.


8. Please leave your books on a book truck (i.e. in the Library stairwell) when you are done using them.


9. You are welcome to use your laptops in the Library. Wireless internet access is also available. Please do not leave laptops or any other valuables unattended.





6th Floor

The 6th Floor is the central commons of the Library. On 6, you can find

circulation services,

reference services,

the reference collection,

basic research materials (including statutes and Illinois encyclopedias).

computer terminals and printers

Popular reading section

Government Documents

Academic Success Collection

Careers Collection

Practitioner Collection including IICLEs

NAVS Animal Advocacy Collection



7th Floor

The 7th floor contains Library and IT staff offices.


8th Floor

This floor contains law journals and other periodicals. Journals are arranged in alphabetical order.


9th Floor

This floor contains federal, regional and state primary materials and non-law materials.


10th Floor

This floor contains secondary legal materials, including treatises, foreign, international and comparative law materials and the Chinese IP law collection.


Copy machines are available on every floor of the library.






All circulating Library materials may be checked out with a  JMLS i.d. at the Circulation Desk on the 6th floor.  Most materials circulate for three weeks with one possible renewal.

You may renew your materials over the phone.  Call x710 or direct dial (312)987-1413 to renew. For further informatoin on loan periods, renewals and fines, please see Circulation Services.


Online Catalog

Web address:   You can access the Library’s online catalog from any Internet browser or via terminals throughout the Library.

You can look up materials by keyword or exact author, title, or subject. Once you find the item you want, the record will give you the location (such as 10th Floor) and the call number (such as KF 5050).


Legal Research

The John Marshall Library subscribes to several commercial legal databases including LexisNexis, Westlaw, and HeinOnline. The library provides access to LexisNexis Academic and Westlaw Patron Access (WestPac) so that CBA members may access many of the resources available in LexisNexis and Westlaw. WestPac includes federal and state primary law materials and has Keycite functionality for updating legal research. Secondary materials, including forms, are not generally included in the subscription. Access to these databases is limited to the four dedicated CBA/Alumni terminals. Note that only two users may access WestPac at a time. Under the academic subscription contract, access to some databases, including full access to Westlaw and Lexisnexis, is restricted to JMLS Law faculty, students, and staff.

There are four computer terminals dedicated to CBA and JMLS Alumni use. Off-campus database access is not available. Please email with any questions about resource access.


Electronic Resources
Access to electronic resources, as well as general internet access, is available only at the four(4) non-networked public access computers on 6.

It is possible to print from these computers using your JMLS photo i.d. card.  After clicking on print in whatever application you are using, a box labeled Uniflow should appear on your screen.  Enter the first five digits on the back of your card into the Uniflow box.  Then go to one of the network printers and swipe your card.  Your print job should then appear in your print queue.  Select your print job and print.  The screen will also display the balance on your card.  To add value to your card, go to the Security Dept Office, Room 209 on the second floor of the State Street building.


Reference Librarians are available to assist patrons with finding and using print and electronic resources in the library.

The Reference Librarians have dual degrees in law and information science. You may call the Reference Desk at x729.