Louis L. Biro Law Library

Reference Services

Reference Hours

Monday - Thursday




11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

12 p.m. to 8 p.m.


By appointment:
Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 6 p.m to 7 p.m.






Contact Information

ph: 312-427-2737 x729
email: library@jmls.edu

Text questions to:
312-854-ASK2 (2752)


Request a Research


Reference Assistance

The Reference Desk is staffed by professional librarians. These librarians are available to provide help in the use of the Library and library facilities, including assistance in research and the location of library materials. Reference questions are answered to the fullest extent possible. However, the Library staff is unable to give legal advice or offer legal opinions.

Reference Librarians are available to provide assistance during normal reference hours in person at the reference desk on the 6th floor, by phone at 312-427-2737 x729, by text message at 312-854-ASK2 (2752), by email library@jmls.edu, or via instant message from the library homepage (use the “Ask a Librarian” chat box in the lower left corner of the screen).

Government Documents

Since 1981 the Library has been a Selective Federal Documents Depository and has acquired many government publications. Many of these documents are in the Research Collection on the 6th floor while others are in the general collection. Assistance in accessing and using these documents may be obtained at the Reference Desk.

Materials at Other Libraries

Materials that are not in our Library's collection may be obtained from or used at other libraries. Through a cooperative arrangement students and faculty have access to other local law school libraries. Arrangements can also be made to use other library collections. For more information contact the Reference desk at 312-427-2737 ext. 729. See Interlibrary Loan FAQ page.

Research Guides and Tutorials

The staff of the Reference Department has compiled a number of research guides and bibliographies designed to provide guidance in conducting research on specific topics or using specific materials. The Library's Research Guides are available electronically online at http://libraryguides.jmls.edu.

We also offer tutorials on legal research and how to use specific databases.These videos are offered as a service on behalf of The John Marshall Law School. They are intended to offer basic tips and updates on current trends in various fields of law. For additional information, visit our Research Tutorials and Guides page at http://library.jmls.edu/reference-tutorials.php.

Request a Research Appointment

Reference librarians are available to meet with JMLS students in one-on-one sessions (or in small groups) to discuss research strategies, recommend relevant resources or review specific topics of legal research such as legislative history, administrative law research or using print materials. Research appointments can be requested at

Request a Research Appointment

Mission Statement

The Reference Department of the Louis L. Biro Law Library serves the John Marshall Law School community by providing dynamic guidance, outreach and instruction regarding the information resources central to the education and research mission of the law school. The Reference Librarians respond to the immediate research needs of our patrons and develop our collection, skills, and services in anticipation of the changing legal information environment.


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