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About the Law Library

Students hanging out in the law library.

Directions to the Law Library

The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library is the cornerstone of the College of Law. Located on the second floor of Swen Parson Hall, the law library houses a collection surpassing 250,000 volumes and volume equivalents. Further research support is available through Founders Memorial Library, the university's main library, which is across Normal Road from the College of Law.  Founders Memorial Library contains over 2 million volumes and an additional 1.2 million federal, state and international government documents.

The library's primary function is serving the needs of the students and faculty of the College of Law. However, the law library is open to those who need to do legal research or use government documents received through the Federal Depository Library Program. Due to space limitations and heavy usage by law students, the law library is not available to non-law students for study that does not require the use of legal materials or government documents.

The law library also offers legal research orientation programs. NIU faculty asking their students to use the law library are encouraged to contact a librarian to arrange an orientation program.