Collections in the Gallagher Law Library

The Gallagher Law Library is one of the largest academic law libraries in the West, with over 600,000 volumes in print and microform.

As an academic law library, our primary mission is to serve the curricular and research needs of faculty, students, and staff of the University of Washington School of Law. The Law Library is also open to other members of the University of Washington community, the legal community, and the public.


Primary Law

The Law Library contains primary law sources for the United States (federal), Washington State, and other states, including:

The Law Library also has strong collections in public international law and the law of some foreign jurisdictions, notably those in East Asia. The Law Library is a depository for selected federal government publications and selected court briefs.

The Reference Area on L1 houses many current sources of US and state law. Other material is found in the Classified Stacks and the Compact Stacks. Many primary law sources are also available via the Internet and commercial legal databases.


Secondary Sources

Secondary sources analyze, describe, examine, explain, and index the law. The Law Library's extensive collection includes:

  • Law reviews and scholarly journals
  • Legal encyclopedias (e.g., American Jurisprudence) and American Law Reports
  • Hornbooks, treatises, and practice guides
  • Looseleaf services
  • Digests
  • Restatements of law
  • Shepard's citators
  • Reference materials

The latest editions of hornbooks, legal encyclopedias, major looseleaf services and multi-volume treatises, digests, and related material are located in the Reference Area. Most secondary sources are found in the Classified Stacks on Floors L1 and L2 and in the Compact Stacks. Many secondary sources are also available via commercial legal databases.

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East Asian Law

The Law Library contains a noteworthy collection of nearly 50,000 volumes on the law of Japan, China, and Korea. More than 40,000 of these items are in Japanese, Chinese, or Korean. East Asian law materials are located on both floors of the Library.

More information about the East Asian Law collection is available at the EALD website.

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