Alumni & Visitor Services

Visitor Access to the Law Library

The Law Library primarily serves the research needs of College of Law students, faculty, and staff.  In addition, on limited days and hours, the Law Library welcomes visitors, including College of Law alumni, Syracuse University (non-Law) students and faculty, and members of the general public.

The Law Library welcomes visitors during the following days & times*:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8am – 7pm
  • Friday: 8am – 5pm

*Please note: Visitor hours are suspended during College of Law study periods and exams. Summer & Winter Break hours also vary. Visitors are encouraged to consult our Access to the Law Library or Library Hours web pages in advance of travel to ensure that the Law Library is observing visitor hours on a particular day.

  • Dineen Hall and the Law Library are not open to visitors on the weekends. A College of Law ID is needed to access the building and Law Library on days and times other than those listed above.
  • Reference Librarians are available to help researchers locate legal and/or government information. Library staff, however, do not provide legal advice or interpretation of the law. Visitors are encouraged to contact the Reference Desk (315.443.9572 or LawReferenceDesk@syr.edu) in advance, to determine if and how the Law Library may help them.

Collections & Services Available to Visitors

  • Visitors are welcome to use the Law Library’s print and microform collections. Many databases are also available. While some online legal services are not available to visitors, subscriptions to Nexis Uni and Westlaw Campus are available for legal research purposes.
  • Library materials do not circulate to the general public. College of Law alumni and local bar association members are invited to apply for a Courtesy Card for borrowing privileges.
  • A limited number of public access computers are available for visitors. Computer use is limited to those conducting legal research or needing government information. During periods of high demand, visitor use of public access computers may be subject to time limits. The Law Library does not provide computing access for recreational or leisure use.
  • Printing and self-service photocopying are available for a nominal fee.