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Floor Plans of the Law Library: Floor Plans

Annotated floor plan of each floor of the library.

Law Library Floor Plans

First Floor

The first floor holds the Reference and Core Collections. The Core Collection contains frequently used Federal and California materials. The Circulation and Reference Desks are where you may ask any question about finding materials, and the Collaborative Space is here as well.

Map of the first floor of the California Western Law Library. Collaborative
Circulation &
Reference Areas
3rd Avenue Cedar Street

Circulation & Reference Areas

Just inside the entrance students present their California Western I.D. card and other authorized patrons present their California Western Library Patron card to check out materials. The Closed Reserve Collection is available by asking at the Circulation Desk, while the Open Reserve Collection sits just across from the Circulation Desk next to the Self-Check Out Machine. Both Reserve Collections contain study aid and practice guides as well as Bar Exam preparation materials.

Reference Librarians assist patrons with legal research and finding library materials Monday through Friday. Just across from the Reference Desk are two student printers.

Reference Collection

The collection includes dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, indexes, AmJur 2nd, CJS, CalJur, and other reference titles as well as the Anti-racism Collection and the monthly Book Display.

Core Collection

The Federal Core Collection contains frequently used and foundational law and secondary resources from the federal level of government. The California Core Collection contains the same from the state level of government for the State of California.

Collaborative Space

A short distance from the main entrance, students use the Collaborative Space. Alumni may use the space and the computers for bar studies and job searching.


A copy machine, printers, and scanners are available on the first floor.

Second Floor

The second floor holds the United States case reporters and digests as well as the law library's administrative offices. In the Broida Room is almost all of the collection that is accessible on microform, which includes extensive federal legislative history materials.

Ask a Reference Librarian for assistance with accessing any material on microform.

Map of the second floor of the California Western Law Library. Broida Room Reporters
& Digests

Third Floor

The third floor holds the International, Foreign, and Comparative Law Collection in addition to legal periodicals and the library's non-law related materials. This is one of the two floors with study rooms that students can reserve at the Circulation Desk. This is the best floor for silent study; there is no food permitted on this floor, and no library tours go through this floor.

Map of the third floor of the California Western law Library. Periodicals Foreign, International,
& Comparative Collection

A printer is available on the third and fourth floors.

Fourth Floor

The fourth floor holds the Law of the United States, but some of this content is on the first and second floors for easier access. Case reporters and digests are on the second floor, and legal encyclopedias as well as frequently used federal and California materials are on the first floor. The fourth floor also holds the Problem Solving Collection. This is one of the two floors with study rooms that students can reserve at the Circulation Desk.

Map of the fourth floor of the California Western Law Library. United States
Problem Solving Collection

The six shelves in the northeast corner (to the lower right filled in with gray on the map) hold the Problem Solving Collection.


A printer is available on the third and fourth floors.