The University of Michigan Law Library is “maintained and administered as a part of the instruction and research operation of the Law School.” (Board of Regents Bylaw 12.02).
The Law Library’s purpose is to build collections, provide effective access to legal information in diverse formats and provide facilities and services to support the teaching, research and educational needs of Law School faculty and students.
The Law Library’s collections, services and policies are primarily designed to benefit Law School faculty, students, staff and scholars in the Law School’s research scholar program.
The Law Library also welcomes others who need to conduct legal research, including University of Michigan faculty, staff and students, as well as attorneys, researchers and the public.
The library’s comprehensive collection covers Anglo-American, foreign, comparative, and international law, and includes legislation, court reports, and appropriate administrative material from all U.S. jurisdictions, Great Britain and the Commonwealth, Europe, and most African, Asian and South American countries.
The library is a depository for documents of the European Union, and was the first such depository in an American university, in 1957. It is also a selective depository for U.S. government publications, and extensively collects documents of international intergovernmental organizations.
The library seeks to provide a complete, worldwide collection of primary material, and a research-level collection of secondary and research resources in print, microform, and computer formats.
There is special depth in the collections relating to indigenous people, including Native Americans; French coutumes; pre-Soviet Russia; early American session laws and court reports; Roman law; foreign law, and international law. The library also has a strong collection of United Nations and League of Nations documents.
Michigan Law Community
Access to the Legal Research building is sometimes restricted to members of the Michigan Law Community via MCard.
For dates, times, and complete Law School building hours, see here.
Non-Michigan Law community members may visit the underground library during unrestricted hours.
If you are unable to visit during these hours, please contact us to inquire about access.
Email is generally monitored 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday. Expect a response to most emails within 1 - 2 business days.
Food / Tobacco Policy
No food, smoking, smokeless tobacco products, or vaping is allowed in the library.
Elevator Access to Underground Smith Addition
- Enter the Reading Room from the Monroe Street ramp if you need to use the elevators. Automatic door openers are available for the outside door. Proceed around the desk to the elevators and go down to the first floor (the Reading Room is on 3).
- Exit on level 1, go left around the corner and through the double grey doors. There is an automatic opener available.
- Go down the ramp to the right to another elevator and go down 1 flight to Sub-1.
- Proceed through the gate to the Law Library. You are entering the Library on the Sub-1 level. If you need to go to Sub-2 or Sub-3, there is another elevator just beyond the Reference Desk.
- The sub-level elevators are turned off 10 minutes before closing. Please exit the building 10 minutes before closing if you need to use the elevators.
Address: 801 Monroe Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1210
Parking: Parking meters take coins and credit cards; hours: Mon - Sat, 6 am to 6 pm.
(Meters are free evenings and Sundays)
Photocopiers and Scanners
Instructions are available at each machine. Ask at the Circulation Desk if you have questions.
Scans are free; copies cost $.25 each for black and white and $.50 each for color with a law library photocopy card.
Both copiers allow you to scan to USB Flash drive and to email.
On each floor in the library, located near the central staircase you will find general access computers that are intended for searching the library's online catalog.
Anyone can use these computers to search the catalog and print out catalog results on the attached printers.
Information about printing for Law students can be found on the Law School's Printing Policy page.
Printing for Students
Wireless internet access is available in the Reading Room and underground Law Library.
- The MWireless network is available to the University of Michigan Community.
- The MGuest network is available to visitors.
Librarians & Permanent Support Staff
When open, these positions are posted online at http://careers.umich.edu and at the University’s Employment Services office (G250 Wolverine Tower), 734.764.6540.
There are no positions open at this time.