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Library Services for Law Students

Reference/Research Help

Our professional librarians, who have backgrounds in library science and law, are available to:

  • Help locate books, articles, and other materials;
  • Advise in the development of effective research strategies;
  • Review the legal research methodology used for finding cases, statutes and other materials;
  • Offer tips on effective use of Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, and other electronic databases.

Location and Hours: Librarians are available at the Reference Desk, located by the entrance to the Legal Research Center (on the 3rd floor of the Law School building).

Librarians are also available by online chat (in the right-hand column) during reference hours.

Hours are available here.

Contact Information: If you would like to set up an appointment for research help, please contact us at 215.571.4771 or

Accessing Materials and Services

Borrow from Other Libraries: For requesting books and articles not available in the Legal Research Center.

Course Reserves: Materials placed on course reserve by faculty can be checked out at the library assistance desk. The link provides a list of all available course reserve material.

Library Assistance Desk: The following items can be checked out at the Library Assistance Desk using your Drexel ID:

  • Books from the collection
  • Reserve materials, including Course Reserves
  • Study guides
  • Study room keys
  • Phone chargers (Apple and Android)
  • Laptop and tablet chargers (Apple and PC)
  • GoPro Camera
  • HD webcams
  • Headphones and hands-free headsets
  • HDMI and Ethernet cables
  • DVD player
  • Flash drives

There are also ear plugs available for free at the desk.

For more information about checkout periods, study rooms, overdue fines, and other policies see the Policies and Access page.

Free Library Cards: Philadelphia Free Library cards are available to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in the City of Philadelphia. The Free Library system provides online access to many resources outside the LRC's collection. Register here for a Free Library card.

Past Exams: Many law school professors have made their past exams available for download using your Drexel username and password.

Printing and Copying: Instructions for printing from your computer to the LRC printers.

Scanning Documents: The LRC’s printers are equipped with free scanning capabilities - you can scan and send your documents to an email address, or save them on a USB drive. Instructions are available at the link.

Research Guides: Need help doing research? The LRC librarians have put together a collection of research guides on various legal topics, including a guide for new 1Ls, guides for writing research papers, guides for researching Pennsylvania law, and guides for researching specific legal subjects.

Study Guides: The LRC has a collection of popular law school study guides available on reserve. The link provides a list of study guides sorted by legal subject. For help deciding on a study guide to use, please come to the reference desk and ask one of the librarians. 

Westlaw and Lexis Access: If you need assistance accessing your Westlaw or Lexis account, please contact Lindsay Steussy, Research & Instructional Services Librarian, at