Welcome to the UNH Law Library
Overlooking the scenic White Park in Concord, New Hampshire, the Law Library is your information center at the UNH School of Law. Our students prepare for their legal careers in a specialty, Intellectual Property Library within a larger Law Library. The Law Library's three floors include varied study spaces including 5 study rooms, the main collection, the IP Library, the Kenison Room for rare books, and the Gire Archives.
The general legal collection offers domestic legal materials to support the law school's curricular and clinical needs and provides targeted collections in Social Justice, E-commerce and Technology, International Criminal Law and Justice and an extensive collection of New Hampshire legal materials.
The Law Library staff provides full-service support and instruction for JD (residential and hybrid), MIP and LLM students guided by the faculty approved Informational Literacy Plan, detailing legal research instruction throughout the curriculum. In addition to working closely with students and faculty on their research, we also teach a variety of for-credit legal research and information literacy courses throughout the curriculum. We also work with students and faculty to provide research training, research help, subject area LibGuides, and curated collections.
Keep up to date with the Law Library's events and news by checking out our blog. Please also visit the internationally acclaimed, IP Mall, an open-access resource containing unique collections in copyright, patent, trademark, licensing, etc.
Lost in the stacks? Try your orientating skills by checking out these maps of the Law Library to help you remind yourself where things are in the UNH Law Library.
You can also ask one of our friendly Law Librarians for help.
You can find us at the Circulation Desk, on the main floor or in the IP Library (on the 3rd floor). You can also just Ask Us!
Food and Beverages
Food is allowed anywhere in the library--except for the Kenison Room and the Gire Archives. Patrons may bring in beverages from home or the Jury Box. Covered containers are appreciated. Please clean up after yourselves and be sure to dispose of food waste in the specially-marked gray trash barrels.
Quiet conversations are allowed on the second floor and in study rooms. Please note that the study rooms are not noise proof so conversations should be kept at a low level. Please take phone calls outside of the library if possible.
All other sections of the library are "silent zones." (Including the stairway). If you need to talk or have a group study session please move to the second floor or a study room.
The Law Library maintains group study rooms for the exclusive use of UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law students, law faculty, and law staff. These six rooms, designated for group work, are on the first floor. The study rooms are available for group or individual studying or viewing of videos. People may check out the key for three hours a day. This is not renewable. Group Reservations (2 people or more) should be entered in the study room notebook at the Law Library circulation desk. Write both names clearly. Note the hours (no more than 3 per day). Rooms may not be reserved for more than one week in advance by groups of 2 or more. If a group is more than ten minutes late for a reserved time, they lose the reservation and the room is open for use on a first come first serve basis. Individuals may sign in and use rooms that are available at the time of use but may not "reserve" a room. During the exam period, rooms will not be checked out to individuals – even if no one else is using the room.
The Registrar's Office often reserves study rooms during midterms and/or finals. These reservations have precedence over all other reservations and are held for the entire time of the reservation.
The Library Desk Assistant is responsible for checking out study room keys for all students who wish to use study rooms.
Study rooms are not soundproof. Please keep conversations quiet.
As a courtesy to our recent law graduates, the Law Library allows access to group study rooms during bar exam preparation.
For more information about how the Law Library can help you be successful when you're on an Externship - take a look at our guide!
UNH Law Library provides study aids to help students best learn the law.
We have an extensive collection of print study aids from publishers such as Wolters Kluwer, LexisNexis, West Academic and more that can be checked out for three weeks at a time. We also have a collection of the Sum and Substance audio study aids for all first-year courses as well as a collection of flashcards. They are located on the main floor of the Law Library in the Student Success Annex.
Hybrid JD students - We license a series of electronic study aids from West Academic to assist our Hybrid JD students. Hybrid students can access these guides at https://subscription.westacademic.com/ and follow the instructions for access to these guides which also allow you to take notes, highlight, save favorites, download titles for offline access, and more.
Copiers and printers
The printer/copier/scanner machines are available on the second and third floors of the library.
Scanning: The machines are able to "Scan and email" and "Scan to a USB Drive" without needing a copy card. It is a free service. Instructions for scanning are located on signs adjacent to the machines.
Copying: Student IDs must be used for copying. If you do not have enough money to copy the document you will get a message and will have to add money to your card to proceed.
Printing: Student IDs must be used for printing.
Printing from a Library Computer
When printing from a library computer, you will be asked to choose an ID and job name. Both are for a one time use. Proceed to either of the print stations on the Law Library second or third-floors. Swipe your ID in the machine near the printers. Pick the documents to print. (If you do not have enough money to copy the document you will get a message and will have to add money to your card to proceed.) You will have 24 hours after setting up a print job from your computer to retrieve it at a print station. After 24 hours the job will cease to exist.
Printing using the Pharos Print Center and your own computer
Login to the UNH Franklin Pierce Pharos Print Center and use the "Upload" button to upload documents that you wish to print.
Adding Money to an ID Card
All ID holders have a UNH Cat's Cache account that can be used as soon as a deposit is made to the account.
Cat's Cache can be accessed via your MyUNH account.
To add funds to your Cat's Cache account online:
Once that is accomplished, you can view transactions, statements and balances, make deposits and suspend a lost or stolen card. The Cat's Cache system is maintained by UNH Dining Services in Durham. During normal business hours, you can call the Dining/ID Office at (603) 862-1821
Check out the UNH Law Exam Archive (from 2014-present).
Law Review and Moot Court are fantastic opportunities for students to hone their skills in research, writing, organization, oral advocacy and leadership. UNH Law has two law review opportunities for students; UNH Law Review and IDEA. These are student-led organizations and more information on them can be found at https://law.unh.edu/academics/journals and https://law.unh.edu/academics/experiential-education/moot-court
The following research guides have been developed for students participating in either Law Review or Moot Court but may be helpful to students wishing to learn more.
Interlibrary loan is a set of cooperative agreements among libraries and library consortia which allows us to borrow needed materials which are not in the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law collection. UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law is a member of the New England Law Library Consortium, the New Hampshire College and University Consortium and OCLC (The "Online Computer Library Center"), a world-wide consortia of over 16,000 libraries "dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world's information and reducing information costs"
Interlibrary borrowing is restricted to UNH School of Law students, faculty, and staff. We cannot borrow materials on behalf of alumni or attorneys.
The UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Library will provide interlibrary lending and copying services to other libraries in academic institutions, for-profit organizations and law firms, as well as public libraries. We do not accept requests from individuals. If you are not affiliated with an academic institution and wish to borrow material from the Law Library, please contact your local library to place a request. We also lend items in our circulating collections to non-academic libraries.
Library Search - be sure to sign in with your UNH username and password to get access to all Law Library resources including databases and ebooks. Want some tips on how best to use Library Search? Check out this video to get started.
Ask Us! is a chat service offered by the Law Library for the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law students, faculty and staff.
Chat service will not be offered during the summer months. You can still type a question in the box. The box will be regularly checked and answered. You can also email any of the law librarians with your question, and we'll get right on it.