Law Libraries’ Catalog

Rutgers Law.

What you saw and what you know: This (new) institution was formed by the merging of Rutgers Schools of Law in Camden and Newark.

What you didn’t see and what you may not know: the task of merging was taken on by the law libraries of each individual institution, as well, to form one unified law library and catalog.

What does that mean for our patrons? More resources!

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That’s right, the merging of the law school libraries enables greater sharing of resources between the Camden and Newark campuses. Members of the law school community will be able to view the holdings of both libraries, and even check out those resources, through the unified catalog. Members of the Camden community who would like an item that lives in the Newark Law Library location should simply place a “Hold” on the item while logged in to the system. Please note that the “Hold” feature only applies to generally circulating materials. Users will be notified by the system if their hold request cannot be processed.

Sharing of resources is not limited to books and library materials, however; members of the Camden campus are encouraged to reach out to Newark librarians with any questions that arise.

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U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals

A new library collection is available through the Law Library’s HeinOnline database: U.S. Federal Agency Documents, Decisions, and Appeals. This library features:

… the reports, decisions, and records, this library is a complete collection of the official case law of some of the United States most important U.S. Federal Agencies such as: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It also includes more than 65 GPO best selling legal titles (from HeinOnline).

Users can browse this collection by Agency, Agency document, or GPO best sellers.

To access this collection: from the Law Library Homepage > Research Resources > Research Databases > HeinOnline, and the US Federal Documents, Decisions, and Appeals library will be available from the HeinOnline homepage.

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“Why Do We Have Law Libraries Anymore”

If that’s a question that interests you, you’ll want to check out The Twenty-First Century Law Library [pdf], in the latest issue of Law Library Journal. The article is an edited version of a discussion that took place at the celebration of the renovation and expansion of Duke University’s Goodson Law Library in November 2008. Richard Danner of Duke, Blair Kauffman of Yale, and our own John Palfrey bring their different backgrounds together for a thoughtful exploration of questions about the concept and role of the law library as it continues to evolve to meet the needs of our users.