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Public Visitors

The Law Library space and resources are open to members of the public for their legal research needs. However, face-to-face reference service is currently  limited to DePaul faculty, students and staff, whose vaccination status has been confirmed and verified by university protocol. 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.


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 four public photocopiers. Copies are 10 cents each and must be made with a Demon Express copy card. To purchase a copy card, use the DePaul Vend Transfer Station (VTS) located in Room 402. The VTS machine accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. Please report all copier problems to the circulation desk staff. To request a refund, telephone the university's technology contact center's help desk at (312) 362-8765.

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.