Updated Sept. 5, 2014.
This quick guide provides information about services and facilities in the Gallagher Law Library and links to more detailed information for selected topics.
|Address||The Law Library's mailing address is:
Gallagher Law Library
William H. Gates Hall
Seattle WA 98195-3025
|Alumni services||Library Services for UW School of Law Alumni|
|ARIEL||The Law Library's address is 184.108.40.206.|
|Art||A collection of Native American art is found
throughout the Library. Map
The stainless steel sculpture on the south side of Gates Hall is called "Department of Forensic Morphology Annex," designed by Cris Bruch, created by Fabrication Specialties Ltd, and commissioned by the Washington State Arts Commission and the UW Public Art Commission.
|Bench & Bar Files||The index to the Bench & Bar files is located in catalog drawers located in the Reference Office. Ask a Reference Librarian for assistance.|
|Bills & invoices||Payment can be made by cash (for the exact amount), check (payable to University of Washington), or credit card (at our secure payment site). Please have your invoice number ready when paying online.|
|BNA||Bureau of National Affairs (a legal publisher); now part of Bloomberg Law. The Law Library has many print publications and a subscription to online products.|
|Book scanners||Available in the two Copy Alcoves on L1. Free to use. Send PDF images to an email address (requires UW Net ID login), save to the Cloud, or save to your USB (thumb) drive.|
|Bookdrops||Two inside Gates Hall: outside the Library entrance on L1 &
Room 143, the Garvey Schubert Barer Student Commons.
One inside Gates Hall in the Supreme Cup Cafe area on the first floor.
Two outside Gates Hall: at the main entrance, northeast corner near Memorial Way & northwest corner near 15th Ave. NE.
|Book Locators||Floors L1 & L2: Attached to posts throughout the Classified Stacks. Useful for locating books with call numbers.|
|CALR||computer-assisted legal research. See the Gallagher guide on Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext|
|Campus telephone||Floor L1: Outside the Library, near the central elevators|
|Carrels||Floors L1 & L2: Shown on the floor plans in purple. Electrical outlets provided for laptops. No ethernet connections; users with laptops should connect to the Internet via the wireless network.|
|Cassette Players||Check out a cassette player from Reserve at the Circulation Desk.
For use in listening to cassettes found in the library collection.
|CD-ROM drives||Floor L1: 3 PCs adjacent to the Reference Office & the Circulation Desk.|
|Change machine||Not available in the building.
Check at the Supreme Cup on the first floor of Gates Hall or the Burke Museum Cafe across parking lot N1.
|Circulation Desk||Floor L1,
Course reserve material shelved here; ask for by call number. Check out books, renew books, place holds, return books.
|Class photos||Floor L2: A collection of UW School of Law class photographs.|
|Classified Stacks||Floors L1 &
L2: Library material arranged by call numbers
Items located here may be checked out.
|Color printing||One printer in the L1 Copy Alcove can produce color printouts. The cost is $.75 per page.|
|Compact Stacks||Floor L2: Electronically operated moveable stacks, holding
approximately 60% of the Law Library's collection. Includes most
law reviews, regional reporters, old state reporters, treaty series, older
volumes of the Congressional Record & the Federal Register,
and court briefs.
Items located in the Compact Stacks may be checked out.
|Computer labs||No general computer labs are available in Gates Hall. Visit SpaceScout to locate other computer labs on campus (available only to UW-affiliated students).|
|Computers||Floors L1 &
L2: Access the Law Library's catalog,
commercial indexes and databases & the Internet. The computers also have Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint..
Sign-in with UW NetID required.
Users without UW NetIds can obtain one at the Circulation Desk. Use of the public area PCs is limited to 1 hour per day.
Reference Area PCs are limited to legal research use only & 4 hours per day.
See also Printing from Computers
|Copiers||Standard photocopiers are no longer available. Instead, scan documents or pages from books using one of the book scanners in the Copy Alcoves on L1, then send the images to be printed on one of the adjacent printers.|
|Copy & Send||A fee-based service that provides photocopies of materials owned by the Law Library. Requires complete citations. Submit requests by form or by calling the Reference Office, 206/543-6794.|
|Course Reserves||A small collection at
the Circulation Desk on Floor L1.
Other full-text & index databases are available via the UW Libraries Articles & Research Databases page
UW School of Law students also have access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, Westlaw & other legal databases; see Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext.
One of two "cashless" methods for paying for printouts from Library computers. UW Husky Cards (to which value has been
added) may also be used.
Reference Area: Legal (Black's) on dictionary stands & at KF156.B53 2014.
General (Webster's): KF1625-KF1628 at Reference Area.
Chinese: PL1455 at Reference Area
Japanese: PL679 at Reference Area
Korean: PL937 at Reference Area
See also the Gallagher guide on Legal Dictionaries.
Law Library staff
UW School of Law faculty & staff
UW faculty, staff & students
UW departments & offices
See also the Gallagher guide on People-Finding.
|Diskette drive||Check out a portable diskette drive from Reserve at the Circulation Desk. For use in reading diskettes found in some library materials.|
|Donate to the Library||Library facts and funding needs|
Floor L1: 3 computers adjacent to the Reference Office.
Insert DVD, click on Start > DVD Viewer. Check out headphones from the Circulation Desk.
|East Asian Law Dep't||Floor L1:
Room L138, (206) 543-7447
Legal material & reference assistance for China, Japan & Korea.
Ask for assistance at the Reference Office, floor L1, Room L110.
|Emergency exits map|
|Exams||UW School of Law exams, arranged by faculty members' names. Access limited to UW School of Law students. Login with UW NetID.|
|Food & drink||Food allowed only in the Bogle & Gates Law Student Lounge
(Room L113), L2 Student Org Commons & L2 group study rooms; access restricted to UW Law students.
Beverages in covered containers may be consumed throughout the Library.
|Free Law Online||Links to free sources of statutes, cases, regulations, administrative decisions & other primary legal materials for Washington & U.S.|
|Gallagher Chats||An irregular series of conversations between UW law students and faculty about scholarship and other topics.|
|Gallagher, Marian Gould||Former director for whom the Law Library is named. See also Marian Gallagher Society.|
|Gates Hall, William H.||The building in which the UW School of Law & the Gallagher Law Library
Named after William H. Gates, Sr., a graduate of the UW School of Law.
For more information about the building see the Law School's page on William H. Gates Hall & the Columns article Return from Exile: William H. Gates Hall.
|Good Reads||Floor L1:
outside of the Bogle & Gates Law Student Lounge (Room L113)
A collection of biographies, fiction, histories, quotation books & other books for the casual reader.
|Group study rooms||Floor L2, Rooms L244 - L255.
UW Law students only; use your Husky card to enter.
Priority given to groups. No reservations required.
|HeinOnline||A web-based collection of law materials, including law reviews; government publications (Code of Federal Regulations, Statutes at Large, U.S. Reports, and others); and many other sources. A commercial source, available to Law Library visitors.|
|Hours||Recorded message: (206) 543-4086.|
|Husky Cards||University of Washington faculty/student/staff
Add value & the card may be used to pay for photocopying & printing from Library computers & pay for campus parking.
Restaurants and other merchants also accept Husky Cards.
|Interlibrary Loan||Available only to UW School of Law students & faculty for academic purposes only.|
|John Jay letter||A 1782 letter from John Jay to New York Governor Clinton on display in the Reference Area|
|Law Books on Demand||A service offered only to UW School of Law alumni|
|Law reviews & periodicals||Most law reviews are shelved by title in Compact Stacks,
Some journals are shelved by call number; consult the Law Library catalog.
See also Periodical Indexes.
|LexisNexis||Available to UW School of Law faculty, students &
staff for law school course-related research only.
For more information, see Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext.
Printers are located in the Copy Alcove on L2 (next to the Group Study Rooms).
Other UW faculty & students have access through the UW Libraries Articles & Research Databases to LexisNexis Academic.
|Library staff||Floor L1. See also the Gallagher Law Library Staff Directory.|
|Loan periods||Vary depending on material & borrower's status|
|Loislaw||A lower-cost commercial database of federal
& state court opinions, statutes, administrative material, court
rules. Formerly available to UW School of Law faculty and students; law school access program suspended.
See Low-Cost Legal Research Services on the Web.
|Magnifying reader||Floor L2: Carrel next to the elevator|
|Maps||Floors L1 & L2|
|Microfiche||Floor L1: Reference Area Microfiche. Ask Circulation staff for assistance.|
|Microfilm||Floor L1: Reference Area Microfilm. Ask Circulation staff for assistance.|
Floor L1: Reference Area. Scanner located opposite Circulation Desk.
Ask Circulation staff for assistance.
|Newspapers||Current issues of general, foreign & legal newspapers are found on L1.|
|Pencil sharpener||Floor L1: Reference Office|
Index to Legal Periodicals,
to Foreign Legal Periodicals (1984-date) & HeinOnline (1887-date) available through the
Legal Databases & Indexes page. Most of these databases are UW Restricted.
Index to Legal Periodicals (1908-date), K33.I5 at Reference Area.
|Phone numbers||Circulation: (206) 543-4086. Press
0 to exit the message & speak to a staff member.
Library Hours: (206) 543-4086. Recorded message
Reference Office: (206) 543-6794
Library Administration: (206) 543-4089
|Phones, Public||Due to low use, the public phone was removed in June 2010.|
|Printing from library computers||The Library uses a "pay-to-print" system called
When you want to print an item that is displayed on the computer monitor:
Need assistance? Ask at the Circulation Desk.
Refunds, complaints? UW Copy Services,
|Recycling||Floor L1: outside the Bogle & Gates Law Student Lounge (Room L113)|
|Reference Area||Floor L1: enter between the Circulation Desk & the Reference Office. Map|
|Reference services||Floor L1: Reference Office, Room L110
Assistance in finding all types of legal information & materials. Instruction in searching the Library catalog, other databases & the Internet. Email reference service available to UW law students, other members of the UW community & the public.
|Restrooms||Floors L1 & L2|
|RIA Checkpoint||A web-based tax law research service. Available to people who visit the Law Library and to students in the tax LL.M. program (who may register for individual passwords).|
|Scanners||See Book Scanners and/or Microfiche/film reader/printer/scanner|
|Silver sculpture||Department of Forensic Morphology Annex|
|Staplers & hole punches||Floor L1: Copy alcoves & Reference Office|
|Study rooms||Floor L2, Rooms L232-255.
UW Law students only; use your Husky card to enter.
Priority given to groups. No reservations required.
|U.S. legal materials||Floor L1:
Area & Classified Stacks
Floor L2: Compact Stacks (older Congressional Record, Federal Register, etc.)
|VersusLaw||A lower-cost commercial database of federal, state & tribal court opinions. Available to Law School faculty & students; registration required. See Low-Cost CALR Legal Research Services on the Web and Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext.|
|Videotapes||The Law Library's collection includes many
videotapes, all of which are represented in the Law
UW Law students can view videotapes in the group study rooms.
|Washington State legal materials||Floor L1:
Reference Area: cases, deskbooks, digests, law reviews, legislative
material, practice material, statutes, regulations.
Floor L1: Classified Stacks: books, continuing legal education materials, older statutes & regulations.
Floor L1: Special Collections / Washington
Floor L2: Compact Stacks & law reviews
|Westlaw||Available only to UW Law students & faculty for course-related research.
Printers were removed by West in July 2013.
See Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext.
|Wireless computing||Throughout Gates Hall|
|Word processing||UW Law students have access to 3 PCs in the Law Student Lounge.
Other UW students should use Technology Spaces in other building on campus.
Most Seattle Public Library branches have computers with word processing software.