Louis L. Biro Law Library
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The Reference Desk is staffed by professional librarians who are available to provide help in the use of the library, including assistance in research and location of library materials. Reference questions are answered to the fullest extent possible. However, the library staff cannot give legal advice or offer legal opinions.
Reference librarians are available during normal reference hours 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org, by appointment, or via chat from the library homepage (use the “Ask a Librarian” chat box in the lower left corner of the screen).
Research Guides and Video Tutorials
The reference department has created a number of electronic research guides and bibliographies to give research guidance on specific topics or on specific library resources. Find these guides at the Research Guides page.
The library also offers video tutorials on legal research and on the use of specific databases. The tutorials include tips and updates on current trends in legal research. Find these videos at our Video Tutorials page.
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 legal research topics such as legislative history research or administrative law research.
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The John Marshall Institutional Repository
Institutional Repositories bring together all of an institution's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. The JMLS repository is a service of The John Marshall Law School library and serves as an online, open access repository for the school’s scholarly output. Visit the John Marshall Institutional Repository.
Materials at Other Libraries
Materials that are not in the library's collection may often be borrowed from or used at other libraries. Students and faculty have access to other local law school libraries through a cooperative arrangement among the law libraries. See the Interlibrary Loan FAQ page or contact the Reference Desk for more information.
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 with finding and using these documents is available at the Reference Desk.
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.