The Gallagher Law Library physical space is open during limited days and times per week on an appointment-only basis. We invite you to explore the library resources online. Additionally, King County Law Library remains open to in-person visitors at both their Seattle and Kent locations (M-F, 8-4:30). Access to KCLL is free, including the use of Westlaw terminals and the in-person print collection.
Library staff provide legal research assistance; that is, we can direct you to resources that you can use to find answers to your legal research questions. We cannot tell you what law applies to your situation or give you legal advice. For similar reasons, it is our policy not to read legal materials over the phone or email the text of legal resources via our Ask Us! service. Many Federal and Washington State laws, cases, and regulations are available for free online, as described in Researching a Legal Issue. Note that the law on many subjects (family law, inheritance and wills, real estate, etc. varies from state to state. We cannot answer questions dealing with states other than Washington or countries other than the United States. Visit lawhelp.org for links to free or low-cost providers and information for U.S. states other than Washington.
Common examples of questions library staff cannot answer:
What does this legal phrase/word mean?
What statute or law applies in my situation?
Could you find and explain this case to me?
Can you help me fill out this form or tell me if I have filled it in correctly?
How a library staff member might help you instead:
Where would I learn what this legal term means?
How do I find which law applies in my situation?
Is there a book or article that talks about this case?
Do you have a sample of this form that I could look at or copy?
Outside users who wish to access the Law Library facility may do so on an appointment basis for the purposes of accessing legal research materials that are unique to our physical collection.
During the academic year, visitor appointment hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you have any questions about these hours, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: the library is closed to appointments during the week preceding exams, the week of exams, and the week between quarters.
UW faculty members are entitled to access the Gallagher Law Library facility for their scholarly needs. If you are a current UW faculty member with a limited legal research need, please use the appointments form above. If you have ongoing legal research needs, please contact email@example.com to request Husky Card access to Gates Hall and the law library be added to your Husky Card.
Undergraduates who take a law course in the UW School of Law building are only permitted Husky Card access to the building so they can enter their classroom. They are not permitted access to the law library. Additionally, they are not permitted to use Law Library Course Reserves.
We have created legal research guides on a number of common topics, such as researching case law, statutes, and secondary sources. Research guides are lists of librarian-recommended resources on your specific topic, and are an excellent starting point for any legal research project. See our research guides here.
Bring your item to the Info Desk to check it out.
Loan periods vary depending on the status of the borrower and the type of materials checked out.
|Material from Library Locations
|Checkout Period (off-campus borrowers)
|Folio (Located in Special Collections)
|Special Collections (ask staff to retrieve)
|Library Use Only
UW Libraries Borrowers in good standing can check out a laptop and charger from our Laptop Kiosk, located near the Information Desk.
For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions about Kiosk Devices.
To renew your item, sign into your Library Account. You can also call the Info Desk (206.543.4086) during business hours to renew over the phone. Note: if your item is overdue, you must renew in person.
Your item may be recalled because it is requested by another borrower. You will receive an email notification with a shortened (typically two weeks) loan period.
Fines & fees accrue when items are late, lost, or damaged. The UW Libraries Fines page has a full explanation of how fines are assessed and how to pay them.
Law Library books can be returned to any UW Libraries book returns on any of our three campuses (Seattle, Bothell, Tacoma). Do not return UW Libraries books to any other library (e.g., King County Library System, Seattle Public Library, etc.). Returning a UW Libraries book to a non-UW Library could result in late fines or a bill for replacement.