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Welcome to the Law Library


Available services include:  

We look forward to assisting you at our new location.

Reference Services:

Reference librarians are available for research consultation Mon. - Fri., 8 am to 5 pm. Please email us at, call 785-670-1088, or use our Chat box. 


Services for Students: 

Study Aids


CALI: Provides access to hundreds of law professor created quizzes and exercises on a variety of legal topics. Contact Barbara Ginzburg ( for the registration key. 

Examples and Explanations booksThis series provides hypothetical questions and detailed explanations on a variety of topics. Books are available at the circulation desk and can be checked out for 2 hours. 

Lexis/Nexis Digital Library: offers access to Lexis treatises, practice guides, and study aids for law students, in eBook format.  Available to Washburn Law students, staff, and faculty (use firstname.lastname and your WUID number to log in)  Guest access is available at the law library.

West Academic: Offers access to the Nutshell series, Hornbooks, and the Short and Happy Guide series. Available to Washburn Law Students, Faculty and Staff by creating an account. Other patrons may use the collection in the library. 


Hein Online: provides image and text-based access to law journals, Federal Register, treaties and agreements, U.S. Supreme Court reports.The libraries in HeinOnline provide comprehensive coverage from the inception of each publication.

JSTOR: Washburn now has access to the complete JSTOR Archival Journals and Primary Sources Collection which includes JSTOR Archive Collections, JSTOR Thematic Collections, JSTOR Primary Sources Collections, and JSTOR Global Plants. These collections encompass content from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. Washburn University, through Mabee Library, subscribes to the Arts & Sciences I-XI and Life Sciences Collections.

 Learn about other Law Library databases

Books by Mail

Students who are unable to come to the law library may request circulating books through our reference email and have books sent to you by mail for FREE.

Search for books using the library catalog: Once you have found an item you want, please email the TITLE, AUTHOR, and CALL NUMBER to Please also include your postal address and a contact phone number.

Return the items for free using the same packaging. Attach the included shipping label and prepaid postage. Drop the package at your local post office.


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This library is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Access to our databases
These electronic indexes and databases are available to all users in the Washburn School of Law Library. Access outside of the law school building (remote access) is available to Washburn faculty and students. A Washburn email and password are required for access. Some resources require a faculty/student password, as indicated. Exceptions are noted for specific databases.
Off-Hours Access to Law Library
Photograph: iCard issued after July 2021.

Law students, faculty, and staff can access the law library 24/7, 365 days per year.

  • Outside normal hours the library can be accessed through the main door. 
  • You must have an iCard issued August 2021 or later (see above).
  • To use the door, hold your iCard next to the device (no swipe needed), wait for the green light, enter the library. 
  • Printers and scanners can be used.
  • If you need to check out a book please return to the library and do so during normal business hours.

NOTE: Students, faculty, and staff with older iCards can have a new iCard made at no charge by visiting the iCard Center in Memorial Union.

Questions/comments can be sent to