William and Mary Law School

Faculty Services


Library Access

Law faculty have 24-hour access to the Law School building and library via their College ID cards. ID card readers are located on the automatic door outside the building and on the library front door. A card reader is also located on the door between the faculty wing and the library on the second floor. Please report ID access problems to [[jeseku, Jennifer Sekula]].


Borrowing Privileges

Law faculty may check out circulating books and journals until January 2 of the following year, with five renewals. Reference, reserve and special subject materials are checked out for one week, unless a special request is made for an extended circulating period. Document delivery provides a courier service to pick up and return materials from other William and Mary campus libraries.


Class Reserve Materials

Faculty may request that books and photocopies for current class use be placed on temporary reserve. Letters are sent each semester requesting that faculty inform the Circulation Department of materials to be placed on temporary reserve. A printout of reserve materials is maintained at the circulation desk. Students may locate reserve items on LION (the College's Web-based catalog) by either course name or name of the professor. Personal materials and photocopies placed on temporary reserve for a class are returned to faculty members at the end of each semester.


Permanent Reserve Collection

Heavily used material is maintained behind the circulation desk in the reserve room. These materials include hornbooks, nutshells, and current Virginia treatises, manuals and handbooks, as well as exams given during past semesters. Inquiries concerning borrowing privileges and/or the reserve collection should be addressed to Steve Blaiklock, the Circulation Supervisor. Steve may be reached by phone at 757-221-3258, or by e-mail at [[snblai]]. You may also call the Circulation Department at 757-221-3260 for circulation information.


Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery

The Law Library offers interlibrary loan services to William and Mary School of Law faculty. Through interlibrary loan, the faculty can borrow books and other materials unavailable at William and Mary libraries from other institutions. All such services are pursuant to the stipulations specified within the Interlibrary Loan Code of the American Library Association.

Law faculty and their RAs can use our online ILL request forms. Requests should be filled in as completely as possible. Allow 7-10 days for the receipt of books from Virginia libraries. Books requested from out-of-state locations may take longer. Upon receipt, interlibrary loans will be delivered to the faculty member's office or mail box. Most books are loaned for 3-4 weeks, with renewals at the discretion of the lending library.

Our library is responsible for books borrowed from other libraries. If the library must replace a lost interlibrary loan book, the cost will be charged to the faculty member's materials stipend account.

Photocopy Duplication

Photocopy duplication of materials at the Law Library or other William & Mary libraries is provided free of charge to Law Faculty.

Swem Requests

Law Faculty can request books from Swem Library on main campus. Requested material will be checked out to the faculty member and delivered to her office or mailbox. The Law School sends a courier to Swem once a day to fulfill such requests. Written request forms can be obtained from the ILL office (Room 132-I).

Inquiries concerning Interlibrary Loan, Photocopy Duplication and/or Swem Library courier services should be addressed to Becky Mazzarella, the Interlibrary Loan Supervisor. She can be reached by phone at 757-221-3259, or by e-mail at [[ramazz]]. When Becky is unavailable, you may call the Circulation Department at 757-221-3260 for information.


Faculty Materials Stipend

Law Faculty receive an annual $500 materials stipend. Faculty can use that stipend to have the Law Library purchase books, journals, magazines, newspapers and other materials for their offices. Although the items reside in a faculty member's office, they remain the property of the Law Library. Faculty can also suggest purchases for the general collection.


Research and Instructional Services

The staff of The Wolf Law Library provides information service in support of faculty research. The needs of law school faculty take priority over all other requests for services. Law library staff will aid law faculty in securing all information needed to meet their teaching and publication requirements.

The reference librarians assist law faculty and their research assistants with online and print research. Individual Lexis, Westlaw and other database training can be arranged. Librarians create course or subject bibliographies, track issues or current events, and provide alerts to new resources. Librarians also make classroom presentations on specialized legal resources.

Each faculty member is assigned a reference librarian as a liaison. The liaison librarian serves as an initial contact to resolve any library issues a faculty member has. Please see or contact Chris Byrne, at 757-221-1736 or [[cdbyrn]], for more information about the Law Library's research and instructional services.