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October 21st, 2014 by

In the spirit of Halloween, the 2nd Floor Display case features books on witch trials (European & U.S.), witchcraft and Satanism from our collection.

October 20th, 2014 by

Updates are posted regularly as new material arrives and is added to the collection. Scroll through here to see what’s new in the library

Rows of books

October 16th, 2014 by


Spooky reserve desk


1st floor Reference collection

October 15th, 2014 by


The reference collection is your go-to stop for tools to help you connect content in legal work.  The collection includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories, indexes, Shepard’s titles, AM Jur 2nd, CJS, and other reference titles.  It’s a handy area to be familiar with for all legal researching needs.  Read about more materials here.


Library exterior repairs

October 6th, 2014 by

Work Scheduled for Library Exterior October 9-31



The north side of the Law Library (facing the freeway) is scheduled for needed stucco repairs beginning Thursday, October 9. Work is expected to last until October 31, barring unforeseen issues, according to the following schedule:


  • October 9 – 16: Attaching scaffolding to the outside of the building (This is necessary to ensure worker safety)


  • October 17 – 24: Resurfacing the façade of the building


  • October 25 – 31: Removing the scaffolding


We anticipate that most of the noise will not be perceptible from inside the building, with the exception of the attachment and removal of scaffolding. You may see workers outside the window and the ambient light level will be reduced by the scaffold covering. This will affect the group study rooms on the 3rd and 4th floors, and the 2nd floor table areas.


Alternative study space is available on the south (Cedar Street) side of the Law Library and in the Stanford Reading Room, on the first floor of the classroom building. Students may also sign up for small study rooms at the Security desk in the lobby of the classroom building.


We apologize for any inconvenience this work causes.

October 1st, 2014 by

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During the months of October and November, if you like our Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you are instantly entered in to our contest for a chance to win up to $5.00 forgiveness of library fines.  Five winners will be chosen on December 1st and notified.  Good luck to all and feel free to share our pages with your friends!

Microfilm and Microfiche

September 30th, 2014 by

Our microfilm collection includes:

  • Congressional Hearings and Reports
  • Supreme Court Briefs from 1933 to 2009
  • The Congressional Record and Federal Register
  • The California Register and California Code of Regulations
  • The State Session Laws
  • Most state bar journals and bar exams
  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • Holdings of other legal newspapers and periodicals

Please consult KIM or speak to one of our Reference Librarians if you need assistance.

The Library has a Canon MS300 Microfiche reader/scanner. Users may read microform/microfiche with this machine and they also may scan the microform material.  Scanned material can then be sent via email or saved to a USB storage device.  There is no printer attached to the microform reader/scanner.  If necessary, please request assistance from the Reference Librarian to operate this equipment.


Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

September 25th, 2014 by


California Western students or employees who wish to use material which our Library does not own should check with the Interlibrary Loan Librarian to determine the location of the books or documents needed and the feasibility of arranging an interlibrary loan or securing a photocopy.

Quite often the material is most conveniently available at a local library and can be used there, but check with the Librarian to verify the bibliographic information, the names of the libraries which own the books, and the terms under which they can be used.

We do not request materials from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan for any patrons other than California Western students and employees.

The Interlibrary Loan Librarian’s office is located next to the Circulation Desk on the first floor.

September 22nd, 2014 by

Counter Argument

Here in the CWSL Librar we are extremely proud of one of our new collections.  These dictionaries are all found in a single location in the Library’s Reference Collection on the first floor of the library and are great for International LLM students.  Most of these dictionaries are English to Native Language and reverse but there are quite a few that are also legal specific.

This collection is helpful to students because it contains dictionaries from many areas of the world and Bill (before he retired) made it a point to try and obtain at least one dictionary from each language spoken by our student body.  Naturally this includes the classic Western European based languages such as French, German, Spanish and Italian but also some of the more rare ones such as Portuguese. In addition we have many Eastern European and Asian languages such as Russian, Armenian, Macedonian, Romanian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Cambodian, Tagalog and Vietnamese as well as Hebrew and Arabic. We’ve also tried to include other, more “rare” languages such as Hindi, Farsi (Persian),  Somali, Haitian Creole, and recent additions based upon our current LLM students such as Amharic (Ethiopian) and Kyrgyz (the language of Kyrgyzstan).

If you ever have any questions, concerns or recommendations about any of the dictionaries in this collection, feel free to stop by the Reference Desk and the Reference Librarian on duty would be happy to help.

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