Faculty Services

Borrowing Privileges

Law faculty may check out books from the main collection until January of the following year. Serials and journals check out for 30 days, and Reference and Reserve items are checked out for one week unless a special request is made for an extended period. Materials from other William & Mary campus libraries generally check out to faculty for one year.

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.

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 Research Assistants can use the 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. If the library must replace a lost interlibrary loan book, the cost will be charged to the faculty member's materials stipend account.

Inquiries concerning Interlibrary Loan, document delivery from other libraries, 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.

Library Access

Law faculty have 24-hour W&M ID card access to the law school and library. Card readers are located outside the main front doors to the building, and on the library front door. An additional card reader allows passage between the law school faculty offices and the library on the second floor. Please report ID access problems to [[jeseku, Jennifer Sekula]].


Photocopy duplication of materials at the law library or other William & Mary libraries is provided free of charge to law faculty. Staff will make copies for faculty, or a billing code can be provided for use at the library copiers.

Permanent Reserve Collection

Heavily used material is maintained behind the circulation desk in the Reserve Room. These materials include some textbooks, popular study aids, and current Virginia treatises. Inquiries concerning 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 reserve questions.

Reserve Materials for Class

The Circulation & Reserve Desk places the library's copies of required textbooks on reserve each semester, and requests that faculty inform the library of any additional or recommended titles for reserve. Photocopies, DVDs, and temporary items may also be placed on reserve for class. Lists of reserve material for class are maintained at the circulation desk. Students may locate reserve items in the library's online catalog under the course name, or the name of their professor. Personal materials and photocopies on temporary reserve for class are returned to faculty members at the end of each semester.

Swem Requests

Law faculty can request books from Swem Library on main campus, using the ILL forms. Requested material will be checked out to the faculty member and delivered to her office or mailbox. Swem couriers deliver books between W&M libraries several times a week.

Research and Instructional Services

The staff of The Wolf Law Library provides information services 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.