Excellent research facilities are provided by the law library, which is one of the largest in New Jersey. In addition to the traditional materials, the library subscribes to a number of computerized research systems on which all students are trained as part of the law school`s required legal research and writing program, and provides access to the myriad databases available on the Internet. It is an owner-member of RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) with computer-linked access to the largest research collections in the nation.
The law school library consists of four floors of bookstacks, a spacious reading room that provides a wonderful view of the campus, and a computer lab for LEXIS/Westlaw training. Over 400 individual working areas, carrels, and lounge seats are available for library users. Consisting of more than 420,000 bibliographic units in book and microform, the research materials of the collection are arranged on open stacks to permit direct and convenient access. Bibliographic access to nearly the entire collection is provided through INNOPAC, an online computer catalog.
The collection is strong in its holdings of American, English, Canadian, and foreign legal periodicals. Included in the collection are the standard treatises, texts, digests, citators, loose-leaf services, specialized annotated case reports, and encyclopedias. The collection contains the current revisions and codes of federal statutory law of the United States, and the 52 state and territorial jurisdictions. These are supplemented by the judicial opinions of the appellate courts of several states, and the reports of opinions delivered in the federal courts of the United States. The law library maintains a collection of regulations, orders, and reports of both federal and New Jersey administrative agencies.
Law students may supplement their research by using the Paul Robeson Library located across the mall from the law building. Access is available to the vast research collections of the entire Rutgers library system and of the major research libraries in the United States through interlibrary loan. Separate working libraries are maintained for the faculty and the Rutgers Law Journal in the law building.