New Library Procedures and Access During Pandemic

On January 31, 2020, the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) declared a public health emergency in response to the outbreak of coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, now ubiquitously known as COVID-19. On March 4, 2020, Governor David Ige declared a state of emergency in Hawaii in response to the emerging public health threat posed by COVID-19. President Trump followed suit on March 13, 2020.  The World Health Organization has since designated the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic.

To comply with stay-at-home policies and social distancing recommendations, the Law Library will be closed until August 24, 2020, Our hours for the fall semester will be Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm.  Access is by keycard only. Keycards are issued to WSRSL students and employees only.

Seat Reservations

The Law Library capacity is limited to 81 students each day.  If you plan to study in the Law Library, you are required to make a seat reservation at, or find the link on our home page.  When you reserve a seat, it is yours for the entire day and you can come and go as needed.  You can make seat reservations up to 48 hours in advance.  Seats will be monitored by library staff.

You do not need a seat reservation to print something at the printers.  If you are picking up a non-digital book, you will need to make an appointment when the book is ready (see Requesting Non-digital books below).

Research and Reference Assistance:

Remote reference and research services will be available during normal business hours, from 9 to 5, Monday through Friday.  Please contact Instructional Services and Reference Librarians Daniel Blackaby at or Cory Lenz at for assistance with your legal research/reference questions.

Requesting Non-digital Books

We will lend non-digital books only if a digital version is not available.  To determine if a digital version of a book exists, search our discovery platform at or refer to the section below titled Electronic Treatises.  If a book exists digitally, or exists in both print and digital formats, the link to the item will be in the bibliographic record for the title.

If your item exists only in print, please select “Request Specific Item” from the bibliographic record and wait for an email from the library for pick up instructions. 

While our library operates in the COVID-19 era, we will also digitize portions of print materials and forward them to your email account – provided we remain with in copyright allowances.  If you need a portion of a book digitized (not more than 20%), select the option “Digitization” from the bibliographic record.

We will not mail non-digital books.

Returning Non-digital Books

To return a physical book or other item, please drop it in the drop box on the Law Library lanai.  It is located near the display case on the mauka wall. Books are quarantined for 86 hours to ensure safe lending to the next person.

Access to Digital Material

Our digital material is available for remote access for currently enrolled law students and UH employees.

Electronic Treatises

All of our digital titles can be found using the Law Library discovery platform on our homepage:

As a convenience, a list of treatises organized by subject that are available electronically on Lexis and Westlaw can be accessed here:  Our subscriptions to Hein Online, Oxford University Press, and Wolters Kluwer also provide access to digital treaties and journals.  A full list of our databases organized by topic is available at  (an alphabetical list is available at 

Study Aids

Students and Faculty have access to the following study aids from our main page at

  • CALI (interactive reviews on many subjects)
  • Lexis Digital Library (this includes the Q&A series, Understanding Series, and Mastering the Law series among others)
  • Quimbee (Video based short lectures)
  • Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library

HathiTrust Access

During this emergency, UH students and employees will have expanded access to the HathiTrust collection. Many printed books within the University of Hawaii Library system will be available digitally via HathiTrust at (choose the University of Hawaii as your partner institution).

The Library has a Research Guide to assist with accessing this collection: