Law Library Building Survey says…

… that law students want spaces, furnishings, and amenities that facilitate and encourage studying, research, and collaboration consistent with UCI Law’s open, collegial atmosphere.


Here’s a brief overview of the results of the Law Library’s three-part study comprising: 1) survey responses from 125 law students 2) interviews with 6 law students and 3) a 1-week “detailed headcount,” a 3-times-per-day tally of where library patrons sit.

Survey results – chart

Chart: collaborative space 85% somewhat or very important; private study space 76% somewhat or very important, consultation space 78% somewhat or very important

Three-part study summary – themes

    • Noise. Law students want effective soundproofing between quiet spaces and spaces where people talk. They also want clear communication about appropriate noise levels, in the form of signs or other design elements. Having plenty of space for collaborative work is important to survey respondents, and patron counts show that study rooms are very popular in the current law library. However, noise from noisier areas (e.g. study rooms, collaborative space outside study rooms, and service counter and reference desk areas) shouldn’t disturb students in quiet-study spaces.
    • Light and openness. Lighting is tremendously important. Survey respondents and interviewees say they want a space with lots of natural light, as well as adequate light for studying at night. Survey respondents and interviewees also say they want as much window seating as possible, and patron counts demonstrate that people in the current Law Library prefer to sit in open areas near windows with indirect light.
    • Physical and psychological comfort. Law students want a variety of furniture options. They want to be able to spread out at big tables that can easily hold lots of study materials, with chairs that are comfortable for sitting in for long stretches of time. They also want soft seating options, including footstools. Survey respondents and interviewees want standing options—although these options were not used as much as other seating during our patron-count week. Students want individual study spaces of some kind, because they serve an important role in improving focus. But these individual spaces and furniture (like study carrels) should be designed to be consonant with UCI Law’s open, collegial atmosphere.
      • About 75% of study respondents said that “private individual study spaces” are important, but only 42% of respondents chose study carrels when asked “What kinds of furniture would you like to use in a law library?” Some respondents left very positive comments about the sample photo of study carrels, e.g., “These study carrels look awesome!” But other respondents called carrels “claustrophobic,” “depressing,” and “not very UCI.”
    • Research and study functionality. Students also voiced opinions on other issues: ensuring the reference office is visible, but has the option for privacy and noise reduction; providing plentiful access to power to charge devices; providing access to technology for group collaboration and work on multiple screens; and extending the hours that the library’s open.

More opportunities for feedback

Post-its outside the current Law Library.
Post-its outside the current Law Library.
  • In case you haven’t seen it yet: you can leave a note for the designers! Post-its are right outside the doors of the Law Library. Let everybody know what you want to see in a new building.
  • The library-specific survey is also still available. Note that we’ve already given away the $20 gift cards. See: (@lawnet ID required)
  • The Law Library always welcomes your feedback: Library > About > Feedback.

Thank you!

Many thanks again to all of the law students who answered our survey and who came in for interviews. Your feedback has been so helpful, and we are grateful for your time.

Oxford University Press Online

logo-footer-oupExact print-replica versions of Oxford University Press Scholarship Online monographs are rolling out this month. Print-replica PDFs for all UPSO law titles should be available by the end of March, 2016.

This development has been implemented primarily to ensure that UPSO titles conform to the requirements of the Bluebook citation rules in the United States, but also benefits those of our users worldwide, whether they be students, scholars or practitioners, where the issue of citing a print work is also important.1

The UCI Law community has access to a wide selection of Oxford titles covering law and related subjects. If you’re on the UCI network, see .


Publishing? Citation Management Saves Time!

If you plan to research and write for scholarly publication, chances are you will save time by staying organized with a citation management tool.

These tools work directly with scholarly databases, and allow you to save and share documents, create citations, and build bibliographies. One of the more popular tools supported by UCI is called Mendeley.







Stop by the law library anytime to get tips on staying organized. Together, we can come up with a system that works for you!

Custom Research Instruction for Law Classes

The Law Library offers custom research instruction for all types of classes.

This term, librarians are directly supporting courses in which students will research and write on the environment, biotechnology, and corporate finance.

Librarians are here to help students develop positive research habits, stay organized, and produce quality papers, reports, and memos! We can work with you and your students, whether in special sessions, by appointment, or at the Reference Office.  Contact Lisa with questions, or to schedule a training,

Students:  Ask questions before you spend too much time looking for information. We can help save you time and make you look even more awesome! Stop by the library, or email at

Core Clinic Orientation

The reference librarians are here to help you with research related to your clinic projects!

  • Check out our research guide with suggested resources for each of the core clinics: UCI Law Library – Core Clinics.
  • Come by the Reference Desk with questions during the weekdays, email, or call (949) 824-6746.
  • Ask for a longer research consultation or request a “20-Minute Training.

1L Pro Bono Kickoff – Get Research Help on Your Projects

The reference librarians are here to help you successfully participate in pro bono projects! We can help you find forms, model documents, practice guides, and so much more. Check out our guide with resources for some of the more research-intensive projects: UCI Law Library – Pro Bono Projects.

Come by the Reference Desk with questions during the weekdays, email, or call (949) 824-6746. Librarians are also available for longer consultations by appointment – just reach out to your liaison librarian to schedule a time. (Note: your liaison is usually the librarian who taught your legal research course.)

First-Year Legal Research (Jan. 4 to Jan. 8)

Congratulations UCI Law 1Ls!

You have successfully navigated your first semester of law school.

We’ll start the next year with one week of Legal Research, which is held from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8.

The class will include:

  • 4 Readings
  • 1 Pre-class assignment
  • 5 In-Class Exercises
  • 4 Practical Assessments
  • 1 Final Assessment

The class is designed to prepare you to take on the research assignments typically encountered at school and in the workplace.  Concepts will build on those introduced in your first semester.

Before the first class, login to TWEN, and

  1. Read the syllabus.
  2. Complete Reading 1.
  3. Complete the pre-class assignment.

Send pre-class questions to Lisa at

Yay and happy new year!

New on the shelves – November 2015

dissentCoverOur list of new books is now updated. Last month, the Law Library received books on a variety of topics, including several casebooks that’ll be on course reserve for Spring classes.

One of our new titles was reviewed in the New York Times by Supreme Court expert Dahlia Lithwick:

“[L]egal historian Melvin I. Urofsky’s ambitious new look at the role of dissents throughout our constitutional history offers some useful tools for making sense of the Roberts court’s recent predilection for personal, non sequitur and ad hominem dissents.”

“Urofsky is riveting when detailing the arguments and rhetorical workings of the nation’s great dissenters….”

Ambitious! Riveting! That’s quite an endorsement. Check it out upstairs in the Reading Room at KF 8748 .U76 2015.

The Law Library’s collection is constantly growing as we purchase books and other resources to support the scholarly and clinical work of faculty and students. Please let us know if you have a suggestion for a new book.