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.

Serving Colorado

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.

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Subscription Databases

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.

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Digital Collections

The Library creates openly-accessible digital collections for researchers in Colorado and around the world.  These collections preserve the works of notable Colorado Law faculty such as former Dean David Getches, collect documents from important cases such as Arizona v. California, provide a compendium of faculty publications, and provide access to Colorado primary materials, such as the Colorado Session Laws and Legislative Journals. The materials are available in .pdf format.

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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.


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Course Reserves

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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Government Documents

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).

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The Law Library appreciates the donation of gift materials. As a general rule, the Law Library only accepts donations that are without conditions on their use or disposal. The Head of Resource Access & Discovery, in consultation with the Law Library Director, and with other librarians as necessary, determines the disposition of all gift materials based on the evaluation criteria used for all other acquisitions. The Law Library will determine the classification, housing, and circulation of all gift items, and it retains the right to dispose of gifts at any time and in any manner deemed appropriate. To make a donation, please contact the library at 303-492-7534.