The Law Library is a physical and intellectual cornerstone of W&L Law, with a collection of over 500,000 print volumes across four floors and a full complement of digital resources to support the Law School's mission. The Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services leads the library team, including three professional law librarians, a certified archivist, and eight full- and part-time staff members. The Law Library contributes to the vitality of the Law School through innovative programs, expert reference and research support, and teaching the required Legal Research course for all first-year students. The Law Library is recognized nationally and internationally for its valuable and unique assets for scholars, such as the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Archives and W&L Law Journal Rankings.
The Law Library respects each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality regarding information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted, or services provided. The Law Library is available to law faculty, staff and students; other members of the W&L community; the legal profession; and the general public. Computing resources are supplied for the use of W&L students, faculty and staff. Scanners may be used subject to the copyright notice posted at the copy machines.
The Law Library has existed within the School of Law since around 1881 when annual additions were established alongside donations from generous alumni, attorneys and judges within the greater legal community.
The Andrew W. McThenia Faculty Research Assistants, a pool of second- and third-year law students selected and overseen by the Law Library, provide curated research support for the scholarly activities of the W&L Law faculty and administration.
The W&L Law Library Student Library Advisory Committee (SLACers) provides valuable input to the Library, serving as a sounding board for new services, policies, programming, equipment, collection items, databases, and more.