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Law - 1L & New Law Students

Library resources, services and policies for first year law students.

Fall 2020: E-Textbooks

Fall 2020 E-Book Purchase Information:

Wolters Kluwer: E-books are discounted 40% off the regular price of hardcover versions. For more information, go to:

LexisNexis: Please contact publisher directly to purchase e-textbooks:

West Academic and Foundation Press: Please contact publisher directly to purchase e-textbooks:

If your professor is using textbooks from other publishers during Fall 2020, please contact Law librarian Kathryn Polgar ( with the publisher(s)' name(s) so their purchasing information can be added.


Circulation and Borrowing

Fall 2020 update:  The Law Library's Circulation Desk will have limited service during the semester. Reserves collection items (including textbooks) will NOT be available for check out by students. See the "Fall 2020: E-Textbooks" box above on how to purchase e-book versions of your textbooks.

The Circulation Desk is our service point for study space reservations, and picking up non-Reserves Collection books that can be taken outside the Law Library. To check out these books, you can search for the title or author in the Library System's online catalog. Once you've found the book you need, call the Circulation Desk (313-577-6181) or stop by in person, with the title and call number, and ask to have the book retrieved for and checked out to you for later pick up.

A WSU OneCard (faculty, students and staff) is needed to borrow materials. The loan period for Wayne State faculty and graduate students runs until the end of the current semester. For other patrons, the loan period is 28 days. 

Materials may be returned to the Circulation Desk or deposited in the book drop located outside the Law Library Building’s east entrance. Books may be renewed in-person, by telephone (313-577-6181) or by clicking on “My Library Account” from the library’s web page.