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Law Library Student Services

Information for UW Law students about the services we offer.

Winter Quarter Course Reserve Textbooks


The library collects copies of most books required by School of Law courses.

Where to Find Course Reserve
  • These items are housed on the lower shelves in the Reference Area past the Information Desk. 
  • Books are arranged in call number order.
  • Please use the self-checkout station to borrow course reserve items for up to four hours.
Can't find your textbook?
  • It might be an eBook!
  • Use the library catalog to find your course textbook by typing the title or author's name.
    • Once you've located the item, you can view the book's current availability for checkout or when it is expected to be due back.
  • Textbooks that have been assigned within the past three years are kept on course reserve, because of this we commonly have the current edition as well as a previous edition available. If only the older edition is on the shelf, the current edition is likely in use. 
  • If you still cannot locate your required textbook, please see the staff at the Information Desk or contact us at
About E-books On Reserve & Troubleshooting Access
  • When we have a 1 user license for an e-book it's like having one print copy available on the shelf, it limits the number of people that can use the book at one time. 
  • Whenever possible we purchase multi-user licenses to negate access issues but often the publisher doesn't make them available. 
  • If the record in the library catalog shows two links that means we've purchased two 1 user licenses, try clicking the second link to see if it's available, otherwise check back after some time has passed to see if the e-book is no longer in use. See this record in the catalog as an example of two 1 user licenses.
  • With e-books it's possible to download up to 20% of the book to print or read offline, which really helps when there are limited licenses. 


  • 4 Hour Checkout 
    • Must use Self-Check machines to check books out and return them

    • Including nights and weekends

  • Cannot renew or place holds
  • Must wait 15 minutes before checking out the same textbook.  
    • This gives other waiting students the opportunity to use the text.

      • Remember to re-shelve the textbook (by call number) when you return it

  • Access only for current enrolled UW Law Students
  • Missing or stolen course reserve texts will not be replaced
    • The law library is not able to replace stolen course reserves. If a book is stolen, no one in that class will have access to that book for the remainder of the year.

Checking Out & Returning

  • Use the self-checkout kiosk at the course reserve shelves or the one at the Information Desk to check out your reserve item.
Checking-In / Returns
  • When you are finished with your checkout, please check your item back in to make sure you do not get fined.
  • Re-shelve the Course Reserve book that you just checked back in on the same shelves where you found it.

Photo of self-checkout machine for checking books out or returning them


1-10 hours overdue: $2.50/hr

11 hours overdue: Over $200 in fines

  • $55 Non-refundable fines
    • Automatically added to user account
  • PLUS $150-$300*
    • Item replacement fee
    • *Refundable if book is returned 

Paying Your Fines

  • You can only pay your fines online. 
  • Failure to pay your fines will result in your library account getting blocked.