The Jacob Burns Law Library is among the largest and most prestigious academic law libraries in the United States. It offers a research collection rich in the historic and contemporary legal materials of America, as well as international and comparative materials.
The Law Library’s holdings of 600,000 volumes and volume equivalents provide students, attorneys, and academics with a wealth of legal information. It subscribes to hundreds of scholarly and practitioner-oriented journals and looseleaf services. Among the special holdings of the Law Library are superior resources for environmental law, government procurement, intellectual property, and international law. Members of the reference staff have first-rate expertise in these areas and are available for assistance in using the library’s exceptional resources.
Of particular note are the Law Library’s legal history materials. Many works in Special Collections are available in no other library in the United States. These collections are especially strong in American legal history, French legal history (including an impressive assemblage of coutumes, or French customary law), and ancient legal systems, represented by a significant collection of Roman and canon law works. Its growing collection of incunabula (the earliest printed books, 1440-1500) is a treasure unmatched by all but a very select group of academic law libraries in the United States. The Library’s collection of trials from jurisdictions across the globe is another valuable resource duplicated by few institutions.
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