Scope and Size
The primary objective of the University of Colorado Law Library is to develop a collection and systems of access to resources that support the curriculum and research needs of its primary audience – the faculty, students, and staff of the University of Colorado School of Law – and meet the standards of both the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. The collection consists of approximately 550,000 volumes and volume equivalents, and over 350,000 titles in other formats. The collection surpasses the requirements set forth in the American Bar Association Standards for Approval of Law Schools. Consequently, the collection contains a complete collection of primary legal resources in print or electronic format from all United States jurisdictions, treatises and monographs, legal periodicals, and reference materials as well as foreign and international law resources.
The law library also serves members of the Colorado Bar and general public. To this end, the law library houses a comprehensive collection of current and historical Colorado legal materials. This collection includes a complete set of Colorado statutes, dating back to The Revised Statutes of Colorado (Territorial Code of 1868). It also includes the published cases and briefs of the Colorado Supreme Court and Colorado Court of Appeals; regulations promulgated by Colorado administrative agencies; and various Colorado practice materials.
The law library subscribes to a large number of research databases. These cover all aspects of legal research and together with the Norlin library’s databases cover the entire range of academic subjects. Law community members may access these databases remotely and public patrons may access them in the library through the public access computers.
In as much as the law library subscribes to digital collections, the law library is also creating digital collections. These collections preserve the works of notable law school faculty such as Dean David Getches, collect materials from important cases such as Arizona v. California, provide a compendium of faculty publications or provide access to Colorado primary materials such as the Colorado Session Laws and Colorado Supreme Court briefs. The materials are available in the pdf format and freely available to researchers.
Rare Books Room
The law library houses a collection of rare and antique books in our Rare Books room. This climate-controlled facility contains early Colorado codes and many other treasured works comprising our legal history. Materials may only be accessed with an appointment.
Law and Popular Culture Movie Collection
The law is a popular subject for film. As law relates to the struggles in life, legal proceedings possess elements of drama and courage in righting wrongs. The law library possesses a collection of films of law in popular culture.
Faculty may place certain materials on Reserve for their classes. Law students may borrow materials for two hours. Students may search the catalog for available items or simply ask at the Circulation Desk.
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The law library also collects Continuing Legal Education (CLE) materials. The collection consists mostly of the printed handouts accompanying the CLE presentation, but it does include a limited number of audio-visual resources. While these resources cannot be used to acquire CLE credit, they serve as reference materials.
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The law library keeps a small collection of past exams at the Circulation Desk information terminal. These exams are made available at the faculty member’s discretion.
This library is a congressionally designated selective depository for U.S. Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code).