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 further notice beginning at 5 pm on April 6, 2020.

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 blackaby@hawaii.edu or Cory Lenz at corylenz@hawaii.edu for assistance with your legal research/reference questions.

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:  https://library.law.hawaii.edu.

As a convenience, a list of treatises organized by subject that are available electronically on Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw can be accessed here: https://law-hawaii.libguides.com/treatises_online.  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 https://law-hawaii.libguides.com/databasesbyTopic  (an alphabetical list is available at https://law-hawaii.libguides.com/c.php?g=594009&p=4108933). 

Study Aids

Students and Faculty have access to the following study aids from our main page at https://library.law.hawaii.edu.  You will need to register for the West Academic and Wolters Kluwer subscriptions as instructed on our website.

  • 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)
  • West Academic (includes Sum and Substance audio lectures, interactive Exam Pro review questions and the Building Skills series) 
  • Wolters Kluwer study aids (which includes the popular Examples & Explanations series).

Bluebook Subscription:

If you have not already received a subscription key to the online version of the Bluebook (https://www.legalbluebook.com/default.aspx), please contact Brian Huffman to obtain your subscription key (brhuffma@hawaii.edu).

HathiTrust Access

During this emergency, you will have expanded access to the HathiTrust collection as we are not able to loan physical items. Many printed books within the University of Hawaii Library system will be available digitally via HathiTrust at https://www.hathitrust.org/ (choose the University of Hawaii as your partner institution).

The Library has a Research Guide to assist with accessing this collection: https://law-hawaii.libguides.com/c.php?g=1025605