New Book Shelf: New books are shelved on the New Book Shelf (located across from the Kelley Room) for six months before being shelved in the permanent collection. They are available for circulation.
New Book List: A month-by-month list of new titles acquired by the library can be viewed below:
Check Chester, the library catalog, to verify current availability.
This collection, located behind the Circulation Desk, consists of class materials provided by professors, frequently-used library materials, such as study aids, and duplicate copies of popular Washington state materials. Other reserve items include high-use materials, which are temporarily placed on reserve while in high demand, items on the hold shelf available for pick-up, and interlibrary loan items ready for use.
Print materials are located on all three floors of the library. The following is a list of often used materials and their locations in the library:
- Advocacy Materials (primarily looseleafs) – 2nd Floor
- American Law Reports (ALRs) – 2nd Floor
- Federal Primary Sources – 2nd Floor
- Form Books (General) – Greenan Reading Room, 1st Floor
- Law Reviews – 3rd Floor
- Legal Encyclopedia – 2nd Floor
- Newspapers and DVDs – Northwest Alcove, 1st Floor
- Practice and Pleading Materials – Greenan Reading Room, 1st Floor
- Reference Materials – Greenan Reading Room, 1st Floor
- Reserve Items – Circulation Desk
- Restatements – Greenan Reading Room, 1st Floor
- State Primary Sources – 2nd Floor
- Superseded Materials – 3rd Floor
- Tax Materials – Kelley Reading Room, 1st Floor
- Washington State Materials – Kelley Reading Room, 1st Floor
Please notify the Circulation staff if you find library material that is damaged, missing pages, or otherwise needs repair.
In addition to our print collection, the library also has an extensive collection of law-related electronic resources under the Databases page. When accessing these materials from off campus you may be prompted to enter your law school user name and password. Additional electronic resources, provided through the Foley Center Library, are available to the law community. For a complete list, click here. For assistance with electronic materials, contact Merri Hartse, Access Services Librarian, or call 509-313-3749.
Westlaw and LexisNexis
Westlaw and LexisNexis, are databases containing a wide array of primary and secondary legal materials as well as various news and non-legal sources. To access these databases it is necessary to have a password issued by the vendor.
Westlaw and LexisNexis passwords are distributed to 1L students at the beginning of fall semester. Students use the same passwords for the duration of their law school careers. Contact Kurt Meyer, Reference/Research Librarian, 509-313-3753, for questions regarding Westlaw and LexisNexis access.
The library’s collection of microfiche and microfilm is in the microform cabinets on the second floor. This collection includes:
- Federal legislative history materials
- State bar journals
- Past state bar exams
- ABA archival collection
- Washington and U.S. Supreme Court briefs
- Native American law
- Canon law
Microform reader/printers are located adjacent to the microforms collection. The library has a reader/scanner which can be used to create PDF files of microform materials. Charges for microform printing, payable at the Circulation Desk, are 10 cents per page. Please contact the Circulation staff for assistance.
U.S. Government Documents
Chastek Library is a selective federal depository library. Particular emphasis is placed on Congressional publications, agency administrative decisions, and publications from the Labor Department, Treasury Department, Judiciary, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission, Government Printing Office, Library of Congress, Office of the Federal Register, Executive Office of the President, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Recreational Reading, Videotapes, and DVDs
The northwest alcove on the first floor of the library contains the videotape and DVD collection as well as a collection of newspapers. The videotape and DVD collection includes educational items and popular videotapes and DVDs, all with a legal theme. Videotapes and DVDs circulate for three days. Newspapers do not circulate and should remain in the northwest alcove.
The library maintains the Book Exchange, a small collection of donated books which can be removed from the library without checking them out or returning them. The Book Exchange is located outside the Library Administrative Suite, to the rear of the first floor of the Library. If you would like to donate books, simply leave them on the bookcase.
Recommending New Titles for the Collection
To recommend materials to add to the collection, contact Patrick Charles at 509-313-3739.