Monday, August 31, 2015

What's New at the Law Library

What's new this Fall? Lots!

Space and Collection Changes: Over the summer, the law library staff — assisted by NIU carpenters, painters, carpet-layers, janitorial staff and a host of others — have worked hard to give the library a fresh new look with improved floor plans, collection layouts, collaborative and quiet study areas, service points, and more. Changes include:

  • New carpet throughout the library o New tables and chairs that can be easily moved for collaborative work o New portable whiteboards 
  • Enlarged study carrels in the South Wing 
  • New informal seating areas near the entrance and in the North Wing o New artwork from the NIU Art Museum's collections o Combined Circulation & Reference desks for "one stop shopping" 
  • New browseable reserves collection: popular study aids and other materials are now out on open shelves instead of kept behind the Circulation Desk 
  • The top 20 U.S. law reviews & practitioner journals are also out on open shelves for easier browsing 
  • IICLEs, the Illinois Practice Series, and Nutshells have their own designated areas instead of being scattered throughout the collection 
  • Foreign, international and comparative law materials are now all in the North Wing 
  • Most large federal sets are now in the North Wing 
  • The South Wing is now designated a Quiet Study area 
  • And last but not least, there is a new (mobile-friendly!) website

Please stop by the library to check out all the changes! We’ll look forward to seeing everyone throughout the Fall 2015 term.

Changes in Law Library Hours: In response to increasing traffic from students during the morning hours, the law library will now be open at 7:30 a.m. (Monday-Friday). The full listing of revised hours is on the law library’s website.

One-Card Access: Having trouble accessing the law library with your OneCard (after 6:00 p.m.)? Please contact Professor Clarke ( to report your OneCard issue, and she will work on getting it fixed.

Enjoy the start to your fall term and just let the law librarians and staff know if there is anything that we might do to make your studying more comfortable or to assist with your research! ~ Prof. Kuehl