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As part of Introduction Week, incoming law students receive an orientation session about the Mabie Law Library, along with a Library Essentials handout (pdf) .

If you are a visiting or transfer student, we have a Library Essentials handout for Visiting & Transfer Students (pdf) .

Contacts

Reference desk: 752-0210 | Email: lawlibref@ucdavis.edu

New Books

The Library prepares a monthly list of Recent Acquisitions (new books). Recent acquisitions are on display in the Main Reading room on the shelves near the entrance of the Main Reading room (located off the Mabie Law Library Lobby).  UC Davis law students may request to borrow new books at the Circulation desk.

Faculty Publications

The Library maintains an archive of Law faculty publications and exhibits selected faculty publications in the corridor south of the Mabie Library Lobby. Each faculty member is asked to select a representative sample of his/her publications to include in the exhibit.

Databases, Books & Other Materials

Finding Databases:

Visit the Library's Find Database page for details about legal databases found at the Mabie Law Library and databases from other disciplines available through other UC Davis libraries.

Finding Books:

Visit the Library's Find Books page for details on searching for books found at Mabie Law Library, other UC Campus Libraries and beyond.

Borrowing Books & Interlibrary Loan:
Procedures for borrowing, returning, renewing and interlibrary lending of books and other materials are found at the Circulation Services web page.

Exams Database

The Library maintains an exams database that is restricted to current UC Davis law students, as per the University’s Honor Code.  To access exams a Kerberos username and password are required.

Students with Disabilities

The U.C. Davis Student Disability Center (SDC) https://sdc.ucdavis.edu/index.html is a department within the Division of Student Affairs and is located at 54 Cowell Building. Please call (530) 752-3184 or contact them at: sdc@ucdavis.edu.

Course Reserve

Materials that are required and recommended by law professors for a specific course are located along the back wall of the Library's Reserve area. These Course Reserve materials are arranged in alphabetical order by professor's last name. To see what has been placed on Course Reserve or when specific items are due, consult the library's catalog, MORT, by entering the course name or the professor's last name.

Current-Awareness: Alerts & Newspapers

Alerts:
Students may track current developments in the law and other areas of interest via e-mail alerts. Reference librarians can provide assistance setting up the search queries to activate these automatic searches in Lexis and Westlaw or activating table of contents e-mails for specific publications from other vendors such as Bloomberg Law.  Also view CILP (a weekly index to legal periodicals) from the law library’s front page, which is updated regularly.

Newspapers & Magazines:
A select number of legal newspapers are available in the Darling Reading Room, as well as in the Reserves area.

Keycards

UC Davis law students will be given keycard access to King Hall for after-hours access to all areas of the Library except the Reserve section.  The card also provides access to the Main Reading Room.  The cards, which will have photo identification, are used to check materials out of the Library collection.

Lost and Found

Found items are held at the Circulation Desk for a reasonable time. Items are then turned over to the Law Student Association or, if valuable, to the campus police.

Desktop Support & Computer Services

The Information Technology "I.T."department provides desktop support for all computers and printers in King Hall and maintains a Computer Lab for UCDavis Law students only. Law students are also provided with Microsoft software, anti-virus protection, Examsoft software, campus e-mail account, wireless access, printing accounts, and personal backed-up data storage drives -- for details visit the I.T. department.

Computers in the Library on Level 3 may be used by anyone for research, but are not available for email or word processing. Contact: 752-7569 or mhoffman@ucdavis.edu

Borrowing Books & Circulation Policies

Procedures for borrowing, returning, renewing and interlibrary lending of books and other materials are found at the Circulation Services web page.

Photocopying

Your ID card will allow to you to use the photocopy machine located in the Stack area on Level 3.

Assistance with Research & Library Collections

Reference Librarians are available to assist students with print and online legal research in person during open hours, via email or by telephone at 752-0210. Students, especially research assistants, are encouraged to schedule an appointment with a Reference Librarian to discuss individual research needs.

Study Space: Carrels & Main Reading Room

UC Davis first year and LL.M. law students are assigned a study carrel in the Library, two students per carrel. 

Open seating is at tables in the Main Reading Rooms, at carrels marked X on the floor plans and/or window carrels. 

Please note: no items may be left unattended in the Main Reading Room overnight or for long periods.  A paper UC Davis Mabie Law Library Notice will be left when items are removed and placed in Lost and Found (see the Circulation desk). 

Click here   to read study carrel use guidelines.

Tours

Upon request, librarians will conduct a library tour.