Access, Services, and Use of the Law Library for the General Public
The Law Library is open to the public for legal research purposes only. Public visitors are invited to use our legal databases for research and to consult with a Reference Librarian about their research. Although no time limit is fixed for answering a research question, priority for reference services is given to serving current students, faculty, and staff of the William S. Richardson School of Law.
Public visitors must first contact a Law Librarian to make an appointment to enter the library (email communication is often faster). Appointments can be made in-person or via Zoom. Below is the contact information for the reference librarians:
If you already made an appointment, please ring the doorbell or call 956-2867 for service. Upon entry, you will be required to register with LumiSight for COVID-19 tracking purposes, and to sign our visitor log.
Public patrons must limit their visits to the lobby area, except to retrieve shelved books or to use the bathrooms. Maps of the Law Library can be found in the information stand located in the Hawaii collection, or you may ask for one at the circulation desk.
Reference assistance to the public will be provided to non-law school patrons as time and staffing allow. Visitors with in-depth reference questions or needing extensive research consultations may be directed to schedule an appointment with a librarian. Reference questions from non-law school library users which exceed our capacity may be referred to the user’s own organization or a public library.
Loitering, interrupting students or staff members, or use of the Law Library for purposes unrelated to conducting legal research is not permitted. Any person who interferes with our educational mission or disregards these use policies will be asked to leave.
Our services include:
- identifying/recommending relevant print and Web resources
- advice on legal and legislative research strategies
- help using the PRIMO discovery tool
- referrals to legal assistance organizations
The Law Library staff are not permitted to:
- give legal advice
- interpret or analyze the meaning of any law or legal document
- recommend a lawyer
- read a section of a law, case, definition or book over the phone or to patrons in the Law Library
- help you fill out forms
- compile bibliographies or legislative histories
- complete student or work assignments
- provide monetary change
The Library has public access computers which can be printed from. Printing costs ten cents per page. We accept cash only and do not give change.
You may reserve a computer for 30 minute sessions. You may not sign up for successive 30 minute session if others are waiting for a computer station. These computers may be used for research purposes only. Patrons may access personal email accounts in connection with their research while at the Library. These terminals provide access to the Library catalog, various legal and general databases, and the Internet. These computers do not have any word processing capabilities or audio capabilities.
Recreational use of the Library’s public Internet workstations is prohibited. Persons using public Internet workstations solely for recreational purposes may be asked to leave the premises.
Patrons may bring flash drives to copy files on public computers.
The Law Library does not have a photocopy machine available for public use. A scanner is available to the public to make digital copies of material that can be emailed or saved to a USB drive. The Law Library does not supply USB drives.
Use of Cell Phones, Laptops, Scanners and Cameras
Use of cell phones in the Law Library is prohibited. Hand held scanners are allowed and patrons may use cameras without flash attachments. Patrons may use laptop computers or other portable personal computers in the Law Library.