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Faculty Services: It's Your Library

Library information and services for faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law.

About this Guide

The Law Library provides many services for the University of Virginia School of Law faculty. For questions not answered here, please email Refdesk.

See also the Library A to Z for Law Faculty.

Services for Law Faculty


Library Director: Amy Wharton (4-1816)
Reference Questions: Refdesk (4-7465)
Faculty Research: Kent Olson (4-4734)
Legal Data Lab: Legal Data Lab (4-4730)
Acquisitions: Kip Gobin (4-3745)
Circulation and Routing: Cathy Palombi (4-3519)
Course Reserves: Tim Breeden (4-0940)
Government Documents: Marnita Simpson (4-3504)
International and Foreign Law: Xinh Luu (4-3970)
Archives and Special Collections: Archives (4-6355)

Reference, Research and Instruction Services

The Law Library provides a full range of services to support faculty research and teaching, from answering complex reference queries to supplying legal and nonlegal books, journal articles, and photocopies. Law Library staff retrieve and copy materials from other UVA libraries and place interlibrary requests for items not available at UVA.

The major service point, Refdesk, can help with any inquiry about the library, including reference, acquisitions and circulation questions. It is the first and only point of contact you need to know in the library. Refdesk requests are answered by one of a dozen research librarians, and copying and other services are handled by a number of people on the library staff. The reference desk can also be reached by phone, at 924-7465. Please contact Kent Olson if you have questions about the scope of Refdesk service.

The reference librarians generally have research expertise in American legal and nonlegal materials. Experts in particular areas include Jon Ashley and Alex Jakubow (business and empirical research), Xinh Luu (international and foreign law), and Marnita Simpson (government documents, including congressional materials).

Reference librarians would also be happy to provide research instruction for you or for your students. We can visit your class or arrange special sessions in the library to teach your students how to conduct research in specific areas. Contact Kent Olson to discuss these programs.

Major Databases

The library subscribes to numerous online databases and services that may be of use in your research. The major subscriptions are listed here on the Law Library's web site, and hundreds more are in the University Library's database list.

Law faculty have passwords to LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law, the three major comprehensive online systems. If you have questions concerning your Lexis or Westlaw password or would like to arrange for training, please contact Micheal Klepper or Refdesk.

Two other very useful databases for law faculty are HeinOnline and JSTOR. Both provide PDF copies of journal articles in their original format. Articles can be retrieved by citation or searched by keyword. HeinOnline focuses on legal journals and has complete retrospective access to more than 2,300 law reviews and law-related periodicals. JSTOR is a broader collection of scholarly journals, with only a few dozen law reviews, but it includes many other titles of interest to legal researchers in areas such as economics, history, and political science. HeinOnline and JSTOR can be accessed from home offices through the UVA proxy server. Contact Refdesk for more information.

Current Awareness

For general news, the Law Library offers access to the online editions of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. You must be on-Grounds or using a VPN session to set up your account or renew.

The Law Library facilitates current awareness of scholarly and legal developments through several means.

The major current awareness source for new law review literature is the Current Index to Legal Periodicals from the University of Washington. Some people receive the entire CILP by e-mail, but most faculty members subscribe to a customized program called SmartCILP that provides automatic e-mail notice of specific subjects and/or journals. An authorization code is required to register for SmartCILP; contact Kent Olson for details.

Bloomberg Law provides access to dozens of daily and weekly BNA newsletters in topical areas from antitrust to telecommunications. You can subscribe to receive e-mailed headlines with links to full stories. To sign up, go to Bloomberg Law and click on "BNA Law Reports" and then "Manage Email Notifications."

The Law Library subscribes to several SSRN networks: Legal Scholarship Network, Corporate Governance Network, Economics Research Network, Financial Economics Network, and Political Science Network. Each of these networks has numerous e-journals providing abstracts of working papers and other current scholarship. The SSRN website has information about subscribing under the Law Library's site license.

The Law Library also provides abstracts or contents of new journal issues in other disciplines. Faculty members can opt to receive abstracts of articles in journals in economics, history, philosophy, political science, and psychology. Individual professors also receive abstracts of specialized journals such as Addiction or Urban Studies. If you have a particular interdisciplinary interest or need to keep abreast of developments in journals we don't receive, contact Kent Olson.

Bear in mind that Google, LexisNexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law all have services that automatically run saved searches on a regular basis. These alert services are powerful tools for monitoring developments in areas of interest. Contact Refdesk for more information about these notification services.



We are always interested in hearing what materials are needed to support your research. Purchasing these will help you and will strengthen our collection. Contact Refdesk or Kip Gobin with your recommendations for the library collection.

We also welcome faculty gifts to the library, including casebooks, hornbooks, texts, and journals. Please contact Kip to arrange a contribution.

Resources for Authors

The Law School has accounts with ExpressO and Scholastica for electronic submission of manuscripts to your choice of law reviews. For shorter opinion pieces, submission criteria and procedures for op-eds in more than 100 U.S. newspapers are available from the Communications Consortium Media Center.

Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking, from Washington & Lee School of Law, classifies and ranks law reviews based on subject matter, impact, and number of citations in journals and legal opinions, and also provides manuscript submission instructions. Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals, by Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit at UMKC School of Law, provides submission guidelines for more than 200 law reviews. Citation to internet sources are subject to "link rot," a phenomenon where links to cited sources eventually break (sometimes before a work is even published), preventing access by future readers. is a free service that allows authors to create links to archival copies of open web resources, subject to applicable copyright laws. The Law Library administers the Law School's accounts. Signing up for an affiliated account will allow you to create an unlimited number of permanent links to the web resources you cite. We can also create accounts for your RAs. Cite the link according to the Bluebook, 20th ed., rule 18.2.1(d), e.g.:

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The Law Library also offers access to the online edition of The Bluebook. You will need to request a new access code every 12 months. 

Circulation and Routing

Every faculty member is registered upon arrival for borrowing privileges at the Law Library and other UVA libraries. Most books are checked out to faculty for an indefinite loan period, although they are subject to recall if needed by another patron.

The Law Library delivers material to faculty offices daily, including both requested items and new issues of regularly routed journals and newsletters. If there are law reviews or other materials you would like to see on a regular basis, send Refdesk a request to be added to a routing list. Popular journals are routed to numerous people, so speedy turnaround of new issues is appreciated by all.

One of our staff members travels daily to the other UVA libraries for books and articles for faculty. We also use the University's LEO document delivery service for non-rush items, and offer interlibrary loan through the University Library. ILL materials are generally checked out for one month; it is important to return these items on time to maintain borrowing privileges. For questions, contact Cathy Palombi.

Course Reserves

Each semester we ask you if there are books or other materials you would like to put on reserve for your students, and send you (if applicable) a list of items previously on reserve for each course. Please contact Tim Breeden if you have any questions about reserve procedures or policies.

Past Exams

Though the Law Library no longer routinely makes copies of past exams available to students, we encourage faculty members to donate copies to our archives. Faculty members who wish to make past exams available to their students should post them to their Canvas course pages. Law IT can assist with this process for recent (post-2013) exams. Contact Special Collections if you need copies of older exams.

AJM News for Law Faculty

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