Student Services at the Law Library

Hours of Operation

During the academic year, Library hours are:  Monday – Thursday, 7 AM to Midnight; Friday, 7AM to 10PM; Saturday, 9AM to 10PM; Sunday 9AM to Midnight.   Hours, including special hours during summers and holidays, are posted by the Library's main entrance.


After 6:00 PM on weekdays and weekends, access is limited to Law School faculty, students, staff, and others who have received prior authorization.

Library Catalog

Information on the holdings of the Vanderbilt University Library, including the Law Library, is available from ACORN, the shared online catalog. ACORN terminals are located in all divisions of the University Library.

Book Check-Out

Because of the nature of legal materials, many of the books in the Law Library's collection do not circulate. You may check out circulating materials for 90 days. Loan periods in other libraries may vary. You must present a valid VU ID card at the time of check-out.

Reserve Materials

The Library maintains a small collection of materials housed behind the Circulation Desk that remain on reserve indefinitely. Professors may also request that materials for individual classes be placed on reserve. Reserve materials may be checked out for 2 hours.

Recalling Books

If a book you need is checked out, Library staff at the Circulation Desk will recall it for you. If you have checked out a book needed by another patron, Library Circulation staff will get in touch with you concerning its return.

Missing Books

If you cannot find a book you believe should be on a shelf, please speak with someone at the Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Materials not available in the Vanderbilt Libraries may be obtained through interlibrary Loan. If you have never submitted an interlibrary loan request before, please seek assistance at the Circulation Desk.

Reference Assistance

During the academic year, a reference librarian will usually be available Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM.  For reference assistance, please ask someone at the Circulation Desk to contact the on-call reference librarian.

Study Carrels

Study carrels are located throughout the library. Carrels are assigned by the Circulation Manager on a first-come, first-served basis to 2L, 3L, and LL.M. students with a demonstrated need, such as working on a journal, moot court, or as a research assistant. However, all carrels when not in use are available to any student for study use. Students with assigned carrels may check out books and some non-circulating materials to their carrels.

Study Rooms

Study rooms are available for group study for law students only on a first-come, first-served basis. Near and during the finals period, study rooms are reserved in two-hour blocks.

LexisNexis & Westlaw

LexisNexis and Westlaw, the two major computer-assisted legal research systems, are available to all Vanderbilt University Law School students, faculty, and staff. Research librarians, company account representatives, and student representatives can provide assistance and instruction on search strategies, database content, and general searching tips and techniques. Documents from LexisNexis can be printed on stand-alone printers located in the library copy room near the Reference Desk.

Lexis and Westlaw distribute passwords to all law students. Passwords must be registered shortly after they are issued or the vendors will deactivate them. Visit the websites listed on your Lexis and Westlaw registration materials to register your passwords. If you need assistance, please contact a reference librarian.

Bloomberg Law

Bloomberg Law is another legal research system that is currently in use in some law firms. As a Vanderbilt law student, you have access to this research system. If you do not currently have access to Bloomberg Law, you can register for an account.


CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) provides web-based interactive lessons on legal topics that the Law Library makes available to you.  Registration is required with a specific authorization code, available by contacting the reference staff.