Law Library

phone: 208-885-6521
fax: 208-885-2743
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law Library
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2324
Moscow, ID 83844-2324

Law IT Services

Location: Ask at the Law Library Circulation Desk
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: (208) 885-2741
Email: lawtech@uidaho.edu

Location: Ask at the Ground floor information desk
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fridays 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Email: boisehelp@uidaho.edu


Administration Office: 208-885-2255
Dean’s Office: 208-885-4977
fax: 208-885-5709
Menard 101
711 S. Rayburn Drive

Mailing Address:
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321


phone: 208-364-4074
fax: 208-334-2176
322 E. Front St., Suite 590
Boise, ID 83702

Deliveries (Moscow)

FedEx Deliveries only
University of Idaho
711 S. Rayburn Drive
Moscow, ID 83844-2321

Circulation Policies

Library Catalog

Primo, the Law Library's catalog, provides access to a combined catalog with the ability to search the holdings for the UI Law Library, the UI Main Library, the Idaho State Law Library and many other library catalogs. Patrons can view checkout records, place items on hold, and renew items through the catalog. 


The Law Library is open to anyone having a need to use the collection. Materials from the collection may be checked out by any student, faculty or member of the general public, within limitations placed on that particular item and pursuant to Law Library procedures.

The doors to the library are never locked.  Law students may remain in the library after the circulation desk closes even though the law building is closed. When the building is locked, law students use their Vandal Card to enter the building. Card key locks are installed in the northeast and west entrances.

Handicap Access

The law building has two automatic push-button doors located at the northeast and west entrances.

Library Seating and Carrels

The Law Library has seating available for use by the entire student body and public patrons. Seating varies from study tables and individual seating located throughout the library to carrels on the top floor and ground floor of the library.

Reserved seating is allowed only at carrels. Carrels are the property of the College of Law and are assigned to law students by the Student Bar Association. Carrels are for the personal use of the person(s) assigned to the carrel and should not be used by other students, patrons, or visitors without the carrel owner’s permission.

Study tables and individual seating are available for use by all library patrons and cannot be reserved.

Beepers, Pagers and Cell Phones

We ask that you be considerate of others who are using the library. Library users with cell phones are asked to leave the library before they use their phone.



No registration is required to use the library collection on-site. Library users wishing to check out books, tapes and videos must have a library card. University of Idaho faculty, staff and students use their Vandal Card as their library card. Idaho residents may apply for guest library cards at the Circulation/Reserve Desk. Students, faculty and staff who are registered at an Orbis Cascade Alliance Library may use their home institution library card. Applicants must have picture identification.

Guest cards are available to Idaho residents. Guests may borrow materials but do not have access to UI-licensed electronic resources or other UI library-specific services. Idaho residents younger than 18 years of age may gain borrowing privileges as subordinates to a parent's card. The parent must accompany the child to get a parent-child card. The child will have guest privileges. Persons lacking borrowers cards are welcome to use the UI Library for educational or research purposes.

Loan policies differ for each patron group. Contact the UI Law Library Circulation Desk for more information.

Generally, card holders can borrow an unlimited number of items. Loan periods vary depending on patron status and type of materials borrowed. For books, loan periods are as follows:

Status Loan Period Renewals Special Notes Fines
Guest Patrons
4 weeks 1 renewal After two-week loan period, books can be recalled for use by others $0.30/day up to $10.50
$50.00 lost fee
$20.00 processing fee
Graduate Students 1 semester Renewal upon request After two-week loan period, books can be recalled for use by others $0.30/day up to $10.50
$50.00 lost fee
$20.00 processing fee
Faculty 180 days Renewal upon request After two-week loan period, books can be recalled for use by others No Fines
$50.00 lost fee
$20.00 processing fee

Items marked "in-library use only" can be checked out to law faculty offices and law student carrels on a short-term basis. Non-law patrons can place an in-library use item on the hold shelf at the circulation desk.

Reserve materials have short check-out periods because they are in high demand. Most materials have a three-hour check-out period. Reserve materials include course materials, nutshells, course outlines, hornbooks, study aids, Idaho and Washington practice materials, and some legal directories. For reserve items, loan periods are as follows:

Status Item Loan Periods Renewals Special Notes Fines
Graduate Students
Guest Patrons
Books 3 hours 1 renewal Books can be recalled for use by others after 3-hour checkout $2.00/hour up to $20.00
$50.00 lost fee
$20.00 processing fee
Graduate Students
Guest patrons
non-law faculty
Cassette tapes, videos 24 hours 1 renewal Items can be recalled for use by others after 24-hour checkout $2.00/hour up to $20.00
$50.00 lost fee
$20.00 processing fee
Law Faculty Books, cassette tapes, videos 1 week Renewal upon request Items can be recalled for use by others after 24-hour checkout No fines
$50.00 lost fee
$20.00 processing fee

Call Numbers by Subject

The Law Library has developed a research guide, "Locating Materials by Call Number."

Reference Assistance

Reference librarians are on duty from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday during the academic session. Reference librarians provide reference service, instruction in the use of library resources for groups and individuals, and teach the research portion of Legal Research & Writing. The reference librarians are also available to faculty and students for research consultations by appointment.

Study Rooms

Law students are allowed to use rooms 217, 218 and 219 for studying and conferences. Any law student can use these rooms, but an individual may be asked to leave if a study group has reserved the room. These rooms may also be scheduled for Career Services interviews, and although every effort will be made to accommodate study groups, interviews take precedence over groups for use of the rooms. Study groups may reserve the use of rooms 217, 218 and 219 by sending an email to: law-rooms@uidaho.edu. Groups may sign up for a maximum of four hours per day. Individual students are not allowed to reserve study rooms. There is a 15-minute grace period for occupancy before the room is forfeited.

Student Carrels

The Student Bar Association runs a lottery every spring and fall to determine carrel assignments. Carrels are located on the ground floor and top floor of the library.

Posters, photographs, etc., are permitted only on the inside of carrels. Personal possessions left unattended at carrels are left at the student's own risk. Carrels may not be moved from their present location. Extension cords are not permitted. File cabinets are permitted only in the kneehole of the carrel. All aisles and corridors must be kept open to conform to safety and disability access requirements.

Computer Lab

There is one computer lab maintained by Information Technology Services (ITS) on the ground floor of the Law Library. Users must be associated with the University of Idaho and have the appropriate university-issued credentials.


There are two printers in the Law Library for student use. Paper and toner for the printer are located behind the circulation desk. Students use their paper quota included with their registration. To purchase more paper, visit the ITS support Web site. For instructions on connecting your laptop to the printers, visit the Law IT website.


The Law Library has a photocopy machine located in the circulation lobby. A photocopy card can be purchased at the circulation desk for multiple copies. 

Microfiche Readers

There is a microfiche reader on the Law Library's ground floor. Microfiche copies can be saved to a flash drive, available at the library circulation desk.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is located at the circulation desk. Items are sent to the university lost and found as space is needed and at the end of every semester.


There are two phones for campus and local calls. One is in the student lounge on the ground floor. The other is in the hall adjacent to Room 103. Library phones are not available for student or patron use.

Special Collections

Current Idaho Materials

The library houses multiple copies of the Idaho Code, the Idaho Administrative Code (IDAPA), Idaho Reports, The Idaho Digest and many Idaho State Bar CLEs. Some early Idaho materials are in the rare book collection in the Reference Office. The library also holds superseded editions of the Idaho Code. The library holds some Idaho Legislative History materials.

Idaho Brief Bank

The library houses briefs and transcripts from the Idaho Supreme Court and the Idaho Court of Appeals from 1912-2009. This collection is kept in secure storage and is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Briefs may be used within the library only and may not be stored at carrels. Records and briefs after 2009 are available online at Digital Initiatives.

Clagett Collection

The Clagett Collection consists of materials collected by Fred and Dorothy Clagett to support their research on the life and times of William H. Clagett, the president of Idaho's Constitutional Convention in 1889. The Clagett Collection contains many unique books on Western history and is available for researchers Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection is available for in-library use only.