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Serving Colorado Law and Colorado

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 William A. Wise Law Library has the most comprehensive law library in the 12-state Rocky Mountain Region, one of the largest in the country, with access to more than 250,000 titles. The law library holds a comprehensive collection of current and historical Colorado legal materials, including but not limited to a complete set of Colorado statutes dating back to the Territorial Code of 1868, the published records of the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Colorado regulatory materials, and various Colorado practice materials.

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Electronic & Digital Collections

The William A. Wise Law Library subscribes to a large number of research databases.  These databases cover all aspects of legal research, and are complemented by the main campus's collection of  electronic resources, which cover the full range of other academic subjects.  Law community members may access these databases remotely and public patrons may access them in the library through the public access computers within the law library.

The law library creates open access digital collections of cultural heritage, archival, and primary law for researchers in Colorado as well as globally, through its Digital Archive .  And the library also collects Colorado Law's scholarly works in its Scholarly Commons .

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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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Rare Books Room

The items in the Rare Books Room (RBR) do not circulate. If a patron would like to access materials within the RBR, they should contact the Reference Librarians to schedule an appointment to view the materials.  Please note that if an item is particularly fragile or rare, there may be added restrictions to the use of the item.

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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. For questions or potential donations, please contact our Collection Services Librarian.