The collection is maintained by the Law Library.
The Law Collections supports the research, teaching and public service missions of the College of Law and services the legal information needs of other University units. The Law Library, comprised of 720,000 volumes and volume equivalents, is the thirteen largest academic law library in the country and is widely respected as a major research library. Its rare book and foreign law collection are particularly noteworthy.
Version Date: April, 2005
I. Collection Description
Primarily to support the research, teaching and public service missions of the College of Law; to a lesser extent, to supplement the resources of other University units whose disciplines are related to law (e.g., the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, Western European Studies Center). The program of the College of Law is extremely wide-ranging. In addition to offering the Juris Doctor degree and Master of Law degree to American students, the College also hosts numerous foreign lawyers who obtain Masters in Law or Masters in Comparative Law degrees. Thus, course offerings include not only most conceivable courses on US law but also numerous courses in international, foreign and comparative law. The nature of legal education today is also such that an interdisciplinary approach is the rule in most courses; indeed joint degree programs are offered in law and business, education, and labor and industrial relations. Likewise, many other units on campus offer law-related courses, e.g., business law, sports law, the constitution and civil liberties, etc.
History of Collection:
The Law Library began with the founding of the College of Law in September, 1897. For its first five years, the Library collection consisted of fewer than five hundred volumes. The College and the Library remained in University Hall until 1903, when it moved into what is now Harker Hall (formerly the Chemistry Laboratory). The Library received an increased appropriation for books in that year and has continued to grow. However, a full time Law Librarian was not assigned to the Library until 1923. In 1927, the College and Library were transferred to what was then the Library Building and is now Altgeld Hall. In 1955, the College and Library moved to the current Law Building, which is still the Library’s location today.
Estimate of Holdings:
State, Regional and National Importance:
The Law Library is the twelfth largest law library in the country and is widely respected as a major research library. Its periodical holdings and foreign law collection are particularly well known.
Unit Responsible for Collecting:
Location of Materials:
Law Library. In the near future, however, some materials will be sent to the sixth stack addition.
Citations of Works Describing the Collection:
“Collection Information Series.” Compiled by Law Library Staff (June, 1980). (Unpub.).
Chin, Kim and Frederic Mansfield. “European Communities Official Documents: One Library’s Experience.” (1978): 13-29.
“Union List of Periodicals Indexed in the .” Edited by Richard Surles and Timothy Kearley (Spring, 1984), 143 pp. [Distributed among participating law libraries–the “Big Ten” law libraries plus the University of Chicago; regular hard copy or microform publication is contemplated.]
II. General Collection Guidelines
No area is excluded, but, in regard to foreign jurisdictions, Western Europe, Latin America and the Soviet Union are emphasized over other regions.
Treatment of Subject:
Standard statement. All fields of law are covered. Many other libraries collect legal materials according to their subject interests, including the Architecture, City Planning and Landscape Architecture, Commerce, Communications, Education and Social Science, and Labor and Industrial Relations Libraries.
Types of Materials:
Date of Publication:
Place of Publication:
III. Collection Responsibility by Subject Subdivisions with Qualifications, Levels of Collecting Intensity, and Assignments
Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength, Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS||EXISTING STRENGTH||PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS||SECONDARY ASSIGNMENTS|
|Conflict of laws||4||Law|
|Criminal law and procedure||4||Law|
|Food, drug, cosmetics||3||Law|
|Intellectual and industrial property (copyright and patent law)||4||Law|
|Oil and gas law||3||Law|
|Social welfare and insurance||4||Law|
|Trusts and estates||4||Law|
|PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW||4||Law|
Version Date: November 2005