Connecting to Online Library Resources
Updated Aug. 26, 2011.
UW students, faculty, and staff have access to a wealth of online resources through the Gallagher Law Library and the UW Libraries. Many commercial sources to which the libraries subscribe are restricted to computers bearing a University of Washington Internet Protocol (IP) address, such as the computers found throughout the Law Library.
UW students, faculty, and staff may access these commercial sources from home and other off-campus computers by several methods
You do not need to use any of these methods to access:
Members of the public, as well as UW faculty, students, and staff, are welcome to use the computers in the Law Library.
All users are required to logon when using one of the Library's public computers.
UW users should use their UW NetIDs to logon. Other users who have registered to borrow material from the Law Library should logon with their barcode numbers. Users who have not registered can either register or can obtain a temporary password at the Circulation Desk. Once logged on, users may access the commercial databases to which the libraries subscribe (excluding databases available to only UW School of Law faculty, staff, and students, such as LexisNexis and Westlaw).
For information on access to LexisNexis and Westlaw, see Computer-Assisted Legal Research and CALR Access by UW Law Students, Faculty, Staff, and Librarians. The King County Law Library provides public access to selected databases on LexisNexis and Westlaw. Contact KCLL for more information: (206) 296-0940.
The public computers are equipped with software that limits each user's time to 1hour per day (4 hours per day on the legal research-only PCs next to the Reference Office). Users will be notified automatically when their time is about to expire. To end a session and preserve any remaining time for the day, click on the Home icon and then the Stop Session button.
To print material from the Library PCs, see Instructions for Printing from Library Computers.
The wireless network requires users to enter a UW NetID to access websites outside of the UW domain. For instance, the Law Library's catalog is in the UW domain; Google is not. If the URL does not include "washington.edu" it is a site outside of the UW domain.
Visitors who want to access non-UW websites through the Law School's wireless network may obtain a temporary UW NetID at the Circulation Desk. Present your identification containing the Law Library's barcode. If you have not registered as a Law Library borrower before, you will need to do so to obtain a temporary UW Net ID.
Neither the Law Library nor the Law School have staff to help visitors configure or trouble-shoot problems with their computers and the wireless network.
UW students, faculty, and staff should seek assistance at the Odegaard Undergraduate Library Computing Commons or the Mary Gates Hall Computing Resource Center. For more information on computing at the University of Washington, visit the UW's Computing and Networking website.
Access for Members of the Public Using the Law Library Website from Outside the Library (Off-Campus)
Documents and other information created by Law Library staff and found at lib.law.washington.edu are freely available to anyone who has Internet access. This information includes our library catalog, the legal research guides, and Internet Legal Resources.
The Law Library cannot provide remote users who are members of the general public access to commercial subscription databases and indexes. These sources include Hei Online, KeyCite, and LegalTrac. The Law Library is open to the public and members of the public are welcome to come to the Library to use these services.