Law Library News & Announcements


Library closed Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 (12/20/13)

The Law Library will be closed from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday break!

Access to the Law Library during final exams (11/11/13)

Starting Monday Dec. 2 through Tuesday Dec. 17, access to the Law Library will be limited to current  College of Law students, faculty and staff after 6 p.m. Law students, please make sure you have your student ID with you as you may be asked to present it upon entering the Law Library during this time. At 6 p.m. each day all patrons who are not current College of Law students, faculty or staff will be asked to leave the library.

The Law Library will remain open to all NIU and community patrons from Mon. Dec. 2 through Tuesday Dec. 17 from opening time each day until 6 p.m.

'Law Review Commons' launched (8/29/13)

Law Review Commons, "the largest collection of free and open law review scholarship," has been launched by bepress. It contains both current and archival issues from law reviews and legal journals with some titles going back over 100 years. A link to Law Review Commons has been added to the Law Library's home page under the "Journals and Law Reviews" section.

Law Library Open House Thurs. 8/29, noon - 1 p.m.

Enjoy treats & beverages while meeting new library staff members Professor Annie Mentkowski and Professor Karl Pettit. See the renovated computer lab & personal device charging stations, learn how to use "PrintMe" to mail print jobs from anywhere, check out our new "take-a-book, leave-a-book" collection and enter our contest to "Name the Unnamed Room in the Library." Prize will be a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

What (and Who) is New in the Law Library, Fall 2013 (8/23/13)

Welcome to our 1Ls and welcome back, 2Ls & 3Ls! The Law Library saw a number of changes over the summer. Here are the highlights:

New Faces:

  • Professor Karl Pettit, Assistant Technical Services Librarian, joined the staff May 20. Karl came to NIU from Wheaton College and is responsible for overseeing the cataloging of law materials as well as assisting the Associate Director for Systems and Technical Services with various duties and projects.
  • Professor Annie Mentkowski, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian, joined the staff on August 16. Annie currently teaches one section of the Basic Legal Research course, provides Reference service, and will be involved in outreach and faculty liaison activities.

Goodbyes & Best Wishes to:

  • Professor John Austin, Director of the Law Library, who retired July 31 after 29 years of dedicated service. 
  • Professor Carla Wale, Research and Electronic Technologies Librarian, who left August 8 to take a position with the Georgetown Law Library.

New Services:

  • The library now subscribes to Bloomberg Law. More information about this new service and training opportunities will be forthcoming.
  • The College of Law now has an account with Scholastica, an article submission service similar to ExpressO. For details about using Scholastica, please contact Therese Clarke.
  • A “Take a book, leave a book” station has been set up in the North Wing corridor. Students, faculty and staff can leave (gently used) fiction and non-fiction books in this area and take any books of interest to them.

Upgrades & Updates to the Library:

  • All Computer Lab PCs have been updated and the lab was painted and re-carpeted.
  • An additional study room, 290A, is now available for use (maximum capacity 6).
  • All study rooms are now equipped with whiteboards.
  • The Lexis and Westlaw printers have been moved to the North Wing corridor so students can print to these printers at any time without disturbing classes taking place in the lab.
  • A new multifunction printer/scanner/copier has been installed in the North Wing corridor. Documents can be emailed to the printer from any device supporting email attachments.
  • All signage in the library is being updated and replaced.
  • The existing furniture in the Marshall Gallery will be used to replace several pieces of outdated furniture in the library when the Marshall Gallery gets new furniture sometime this fall.

For more information about any of the above, please plan to attend the Library Open House on Thursday Aug. 29, noon - 1 p.m.

Computer Lab closed July 23-26 (7/23/13)

The Computer Lab will be closed for for 4 days while new Dell 7010 desktops are installed. Law students may use the computers near the Reference Desk, and three workstations will also be set up on the counter leading to the south wing, directly east of the Computer Lab. 

Library closed July 4-6 (7/1/13)

The Law Library will be closed from 5 p.m. Wed. July 3 until 1 p.m. on Sun. July 7 in observance of Independence Day.

Computer Lab Renovations, Summer 2013 (6/12/13)

The Law Library's computer lab will be closed for renovations starting Wed. June 13. To accommodate student use, two PCs have been set up on the counter just north of the South Wing with a printer. The two PCs in the corridor leading to the North Wing have been set up to print to the printer on the counter near the South Wing. The 3 PCs near the Reference Desk have been designated as priority use for students. These PCs print to the small local printer only (5-page maximum per job), so for extended print jobs please use the PCs on the counter or in the North Wing corridor. For additional information, please contact Sharon Nelson, Associate Director for Systems & Technical Services. 

Noise policy for Reading Period & Final Exams (4/26/13)

The following policy is in effect Saturday, April 27 through Thursday, May 16:

Noise Policy for Reading & Final Exam Periods

In response to student requests, and to provide an environment conducive to study, library users are requested to keep all conversations very low in volume. If those nearby can hear them, the volume is too high.

Library staff will ask those violating this policy to reduce the sound level; a second violation will result in being asked to leave the library.

Ringers on cell phones are to be silenced (i.e., set on vibrate). When a call is received or a patron needs to make a call, the patron should leave the library to conduct the call.

Thank you for your compliance with this policy and best wishes for success on your exams!

Extended Hours for Reading Period & Final Exams (4/10/13)

The library will be open extended hours from Saturday, April 27 through Wednesday, May 16. Please see our Hours page for details.

IL Courts app (3/14/13)

A new Illinois Courts app is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch through the Apple iTunes Store. Features include access to local rules for the Illinois state and federal courts, the Illinois rules of procedure, federal rules of procedure, PACER, the Illinois bar directory of attorneys, and more, To download, search the Apple App Store for IL Courts or click this link from your Apple device. Please note that the IL Courts app is designed by a third party app developer and is not affiliated with or endorsed by any particular entity.

Georgetown Law Library Research Guides now available in HeinOnline (3/6/13)

The Georgetown Law Library has an extensive collection of guides on researching various legal topics. The research guides can now be accessed through HeinOnline.  Please note that within each guide, the NIU Law Library may not have all of the resources listed and the call numbers on print resources may differ from those in use here. To verify the correct call number, search by title in our online catalog.

Law Library closing at 5 p.m. Tues. Mar. 5, 2013

Due to the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather, the Law Library will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday Mar. 5.  It is anticipated the Law Library will open as usual at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning Mar. 6. Updates will be posted to the library's website and Facebook page if the situation changes.

LexisNexis access problems (2/28/13)

Due to network issues at NIU, LexisNexis and LexisNexis Academic are temporarily unavailable to on-campus users. The College of Law IT staff and NIU ITS staff are working on a resolution.

How to find the text of a public law when all you have is the popular name (2/27/13)

This post from the HeinOnline blog shows how to use the U.S. Statutes at Large or the U.S. Federal Legislative History Library to locate the text of a public law.

Law Library closing at 5 p.m. Tues. Feb. 26, 2013

Due to the University-wide closure for inclement weather, the Law Library will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 26.  It is anticipated the Law Library will open as usual at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning Feb. 27. Updates will be posted to the library's website and Facebook page if the situation changes.