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Public Visitors

​​The Law Library space and resources are open to members of the public for their legal research needs.  For assistance with legal research, members of the public are encouraged to use our online chat reference service Monday-Friday during the hours below.

​Monday:          10 am - 3 pm
Tuesday:         10 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: ​  10 am - 6 pm
Thursday:      ​ 10 am - 6 pm
Friday:              12:30 pm - 6 pm​

Library Collection

Most of the library's print and microforms collection is available for reading and research purposes. Additionally, public patrons have access to both print and electronic federal government depository.

Current students, faculty and staff from I-Share libraries can also borrow or check out Rinn Library books that are classified as seven-day items.


Patrons may use one of the four workstations near the reference desk to search the DePaul and I-Share libraries' catalogs as well as selected federal and state government websites. Additionally, they may use one of the two Westlaw KeyCite terminals to evaluate and locate citations to legal authority.

Reference Service

Patrons may send an email using online reference. A reference librarian will respond as soon as possible, usually within one business day. University holidays may result in longer response times.

When the College of Law is in session, reference librarians are available to provide basic reference assistance and suggest general research strategies.


The law library has a photocopier available for public use. A courtesy copy card  is available at the Circulation Desk. The card has a limited number of copies and we ask patrons to be prudent when using it.