Law Library Operating Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic

(updated April 5, 2021)

Please find below the procedures we have put in place for access to print and digital materials, and for assistance with your legal research questions.  If you have any questions or recommendations, please contact Professor Szymczak at

Both print and online books and journals are accessible through the Law Library discovery platform on our home page: Your UH username and password, or proprietary passwords that you already received (e.g., Lexis+ and Westlaw Edge), will open up our digital collections.  The basic search box on the Law Library home page will satisfy quick title searches, but for more nuanced searching we recommend you follow the link to the Advanced Search screen and use the options there to search our resources more efficiently.

If you are unsure of how to find material for your research, please contact Instructional Services Librarians Dan Blackaby at or Cory Lenz at

This short video will demonstrate the basic features and how to use our discovery platform:

Print Format Books and Journals:  We will lend print material only if there isn’t a digital counterpart available.  If there is a digital counterpart, the link will be embedded in the item’s bibliographic record.  If the item is available only in print format, you will not see a link to an online counterpart.  You have two choices:

  1.  If you want to borrow the entire book or journal, click on “Request specific copy” and follow the instructions.
  2. If you only need a chapter or a few pages of a book or journal, click on “Digitization”.  We will digitize the item and deliver it to your email address.

Once the item is requested, you will get a confirmation email.  You will receive a second email from to set up a pick up time for you to retrieve the item, or to deliver the digitized material.  NB:  If your digitization request exceeds copyright guidance we will notify you immediately at which point you can borrow the item requested. 

We are not lending items in our Reserve or Reference collections. 

More information about our Grab and Go service for print materials can be found at

Digital Format Books and Journals: If there is a digital counterpart to a print title, the link will be embedded in the item’s bibliographic record.  Digital collections differ as to how you access them and how long you may keep them.  Please pay attention to the screen to find the link for full text access and make sure you sign in as instructed.  If you need help accessing any of these digital materials please contact Brian Huffman at

Digital Course Reserves: On our home page, click on advance search and select “course reserve.”  Change the search parameters to search by the course instructors name.  If you haven’t signed in with your UH user credentials, you will be asked to do so before being allowed to access any digital material.

Please view this short video that demonstrates how to access digital course reserves:

Study Aids: Please find the link on our home page to our E-books and Study Aids.  We provide electronic access to CALI Lessons, the Lexis Digital Library collection (Q & A, Mastering, Understanding), Quimbee videos and soon, the Wolters Kluwer collection (Emmanuals, Examples and Explanations, Friedmans, and more). 

We are not lending print study aids.  You may request Sum & Substance CDs for a 3-day loan period.

Returning Books:  If you have items that need to be returned to the Library, please use our outside book drop on the Law Library lanai to return them.

Paying Fines:  If you have a library fine for an overdue item that you need to satisfy, contact Hamilton Library at 956-7203, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4 pm.  You may use a debit or credit card.  Cash is not being accepted as it requires onsite visits.

Research Help:  Reference and Instructional Service Law Librarians Dan Blackaby ( and Cory Lenz ( are available during normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm) for remote reference and research sessions.  Please contact them to arrange a virtual meeting or ask questions via email.

Trouble Shooting Access to Databases:  While we try to make every attempt for seamless access to our digital resources, we know that sometimes it just is not working for you.  If you have trouble or are confused about how to access any of our material, please contact our Electronic Services Librarian, Brian Huffman, at