Hours and Location

The Law Library is closed until at least August 31, 2020

Law students:
If you have books currently checked out from the Law Library, NIU Libraries or another I-Share library:
  • All books have been renewed through Oct. 1, 2020 so they will not be considered overdue.
  • ILDS (interlibrary delivery service) is suspended until further notice. Materials from other libraries will not be able to be requested or delivered. 
Patrons not affiliated with the College of Law:
  • Please email us at lawreference@niu.edu or use our Ask-A-Librarian service on our home page.
  • Access to government documents: At this time the Law Library is not able to provide access to physical items in our Federal depository library collection. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will provide full access as soon as possible. Access to Government information is available online through the govinfo website. Contact information for other Federal depository libraries is in the Federal Depository Library Directory.

Thank you for your understanding.



The Law Library is closed until at least August 31, 2020

Location

The Law Library is on the second floor of Swen Parson Hall, located on the east side of Normal Road across the street from Founders Library. Driving directions to campus are available on the NIU website. Park in the Visitor's Lot on Carroll Ave. 

If you are not currently affiliated with the College of Law:

  • Please call 815-753-0507 before coming to use the Law Library to ensure staff will be available to assist you and the materials you need are accessible.
  • Please review our Policy on Legal Research Assistance to Patrons to understand the scope of research assistance available to you.
  • Please be prepared to show a current photo ID (such as a driver's license, state-issued ID card or photo ID card issued by an academic institution).

Directions to the Law Library from the Visitor's Lot

  1. From the Visitor's Lot, go east one block to Normal Road (passing either north or south of Founder's Library).
  2. Swen Parson Hall is the stone building connected to the east side of Founders Library by a brown bridge.
  3. From Normal Road, look for the door into Swen Parson with the accessible ramp (door #25). Enter the door and turn right at the first hallway.
  4. Follow the blue "Elevator to the College of Law" signs, turning left at the next hallway.
  5. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor.
  6. After exiting the elevator make two left turns.
  7. The entrance to the Law Library will be on your left, across the hall from the Dean's Office.

Directions to the Law Library from the east side of campus (including Altgeld Hall)

  1. From the east side of Swen Parson (the side facing Altgeld Hall & Lowden Hall), go up the external stairs and enter the building. You will be in the Marshall Gallery.
  2. Turn left (south) out of the Gallery.
  3. The entrance to the Law Library will be on your right, across the hall from the Dean's Office.