David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library

The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library, located in the heart of Swen Parson Hall, is the cornerstone for legal research collections and comfortable learning spaces, and is your home for collaborative and quiet study within the College of Law. Located on the second floor, the law library houses a collection surpassing 250,000 volumes and volume equivalents.

The library's primary function is serving the needs of the students and faculty of the College of Law. However, the law library is open to those who need to do legal research or use government documents received through the Federal Depository Library Program.

Further research support is available through Founders Memorial Library, the university's main library, which is across Normal Road from the College of Law. Founders Memorial Library contains over two million volumes and an additional 1.2 million federal, state and international government documents.

The law library also offers legal research orientation programs, legal research classes, and comprehensive legal research guides. We look forward to welcoming you!

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David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library
Swen Parson Hall
Main number: 815-753-0507
Reference: 815-753-0519

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Hours May 20 - July 29
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.*
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Hours July 30 - Aug. 16
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

*Monday through Thursday evenings, the Law Library is only open to the students, faculty and staff of the College of Law after 6 p.m. All other patrons will be asked to leave at 6 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation.
Fall hours begin Sun. Aug. 17. Please see our hours and locations page for more details.