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Frequently Asked Questions

This guide provides answers to common Law Library-related questions.

Books, Supplies, & Materials

Do you have study aids available?

Yes. We have a wide range of study aids, with some available in print in the Law Library and some online through our West Academic study aids subscription. A complete listing of both print and online study aids can be found here.

Do you have textbooks for my course?

Sorry, we do not collect and circulate textbooks.

Do you have a stapler or hole punch?

Yes. A variety of staplers and hole punches are available for your use along the side of the Circulation Desk.

Do you have earplugs?

Yes. You can pick up a free pair from either the Reference Desk or the Circulation Desk. Please do not return them. That would be gross. They're yours now.

Do you have MCLE self-study materials?

Yes. The Law Library has nearly 100 California MCLE self-study CDs available on Reserve. They may be checked out for three hours at a time. You may also check out a portable CD player and headphones at the Circulation Desk.

Do you have a phone/laptop charger I could borrow?

Sorry, we do not have laptop or cell phone chargers. There is, however, a cell phone charging station in the Student Lounge, and you may check out laptop chargers from the Student Union Electronics Borrowing Program at Argyros Forum.

How do I access previous exams and model answers?

1. Go to the Law Library website. You can search by instructor name and title of course.

2. Click "Reserves by Instructor" or "Reserves by Course."

3. Enter your professor's name or title of course and click "Submit."

4. Select the appropriate name or course.

5. If the exam is available at "Law Course Reserve," you can check out a copy at the Circulation Desk.

If it is available at "Law Electronic Reserve," click the title of the exam and proceed to Step 6.

6. Enter your name and your Chapman ID number and click "Submit."

7. A pdf of the exam will open in a new tab.

Library Access & Hours

What is your access policy?

The Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library is open to the following users:

  • Chapman University faculty, staff, students, and alumni with Chapman University ID
  • Law students, faculty, and staff from other law schools with both school and government issued IDs
  • Attorneys with a current bar card

All others are encouraged to visit the Orange County Public Law Library at 515 N. Flower St., Santa Ana, CA 92703, (714) 338-6790.

What are your hours?

Our current hours may be found on the Law Library homepage. Hours are extended during the Law School's Reading Period and Final Exams.

Can I eat in the Law Library?

Yes! Ignore the signs with the weird little pieces of bread that say you can't.

Just don't make a mess, please.

Library Services

I need to obtain a book or article, but you don't have it. Can you help me?

Certainly. Submit an interlibrary loan request here and we will do our best to obtain the material for you. Items obtained through interlibrary loan typically arrive within seven business days.

Can you provide assistance with legal research?

Of course - that's what we are here for! If you are a Fowler Law student or alum, we can help you with research questions; locate items in the Law Library; obtain materials for Law Review; show you how to use a database; brainstorm research strategies; and more - just ask us at the Reference Desk! And if you have a more in-depth research question, make an appointment to meet one-on-one with a Research Librarian by e-mailing Briefly describe your research problem and what steps you have already taken, and we will respond to set up a meeting.

If you are a Law School Staff or Faculty member, we are happy to help you as well! Please e-mail your research request to Sherry Leysen at

How can I reserve a study room?

You can reserve a study room here up to a week in advance. Enter your Chapman username and password. Select the date on which you wish to make a reservation. Select a room, a starting time, and the duration of your reservation (up to three hours), add the names of the members of your party, and click "Submit Reservation." You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation. At the time of your reservation, you can pick up your study room key from the Circulation Desk.

Printing, Copying, & Scanning

How do I print?

Wireless printing is available from three locations in the Law School. To print a one-sided document, compose an e-mail to, attach your document, and click send. To print a two-sided document, compose an e-mail to, attach your document, and click send. To print multiple documents, simply attach them to your e-mail. You can release your print job from the first or second floor of the Law Library or the computer lab on the third floor of the Law School.

Is color printing available?

Color printing is available in the Leatherby Libraries Rotunda. The cost is 50 cents per side.

Where can I make copies?

There are copiers on the first and second floors of the Law Library. Copies cost 12 cents per page, and you can pay with your Chapman ID card (if you have funds available), cash, or a credit card. You can add funds to your Chapman ID card by visiting the Cashier's Office in Bhathal Hall.

Is there a scanner available in the Library?

Yes. There is a scanner available in the Microfiche Room on the first floor of the Law Library.

Technology Issues

I'm having trouble logging into Westlaw, Lexis, or Bloomberg.

Please contact Research/Instruction Librarian Heather Joy at (714) 628-2539 or

My Chapman login is not working for e-mail, database access, printing, etc.

Please contact the Chapman IS&T Service Desk at (714) 997-6600 or

My Chapman ID card is not working.

If your ID card is not working properly, or if you have lost it and need a replacement, visit the Telecommunications Office in Leatherby Libraries.


Does the Law Library charge fines for overdue/lost items?

Yes. The Law Library assesses fines at the following rates:

  • Overdue items from the general collection:  $0.50/day
  • Overdue Reserve items:  $0.50/hour
  • Lost study room key cards:  $10.00
  • Lost items other than study room key cards:  replacement cost

I have a fine on my account. Who should I see to take care of it?

Please speak with a Law Library staff member at the Circulation Desk.