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Student Resources FAQs

This guide provides answers to common questions that Fowler School of Law students have about Law Library services.

Books, Supplies, & Materials

Do you have study aids available?

Yes. We have a wide range of study aids, with some available in print at the Circulation Desk in the Law Library and some online through our study aid subscriptions. View a complete listing of both print and online study aids.

Do you have textbooks for my course?

Sorry, we do not purchase 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 Research Desk or the Circulation Desk. Please do not return them. That would be gross. They're yours now.

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 long can books be checked out?

Materials on Reserve can be checked out for three hours at a time. All other circulating materials can be checked out for 14 weeks at a time. Please note that many items in our collection, such as treatises, practice guides, and primary law, are non-circulating.


Course Reserves & Exams

How do I access previous exams and model answers?

1. Go to the Law Library homepage.

2. In the box labeled Course Reserves & Exams, enter your instructor's name and click Search. You can also search by the title of your course by clicking on the "Search by Course Name" link.

3. Select the appropriate course.

4. 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 5.

5. On the Login page, enter your name, Chapman ID number, and PIN, and click "Submit." A pdf of the exam will open in a new tab.


Law Library Account Login Page





Interlibrary Loan

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

Certainly. Submit an interlibrary loan request and we will do our best to obtain the material for you. Before you submit your request, though, make sure you have checked both the Law Library and the Leatherby Libraries catalogs. Items obtained through interlibrary loan typically arrive within seven business days.

Legal Research Assistance

Can you provide assistance with legal research?

Of course - that's what we are here for! 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 Research 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.

Library Account & Fines

How do I access my Library Account?

Navigate to the Library Account Login page. Please contact the Law Library Research Desk at 714-628-2548 or if you need help with your PIN.

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.

Library Hours & Policies

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 that say you can't.

Just don't make a mess, please.

Printing, Copying, & Scanning

How do I print?

Wireless printing for law students 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. You can release your print job from the first or second floor of the Law Library or the computer lab in KH Room 163. To print a selection of pages from your document, go to and login. Stop by the Research Desk if you need assistance.

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 10 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.

Study Rooms

How can I reserve a study room?

Fowler School of Law students can reserve a study room using our online reservation system up to a week in advance. Simply click the boxes representing the time period you wish to reserve (up to three hours) and click "Submit Times." Enter your Chapman e-mail address and the last seven digits of your Chapman ID number and click "Login." Next, confirm the details of your reservation and click "Submit my Reservation." You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation. At the time of your reservation, bring your Chapman ID to the Circulation Desk, where you can pick up your study room key card. Please return your key card prior to the end of your reserved time to avoid late fines.

Summer Use of Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw

Please review the chart below for information on using Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw over the summer:

Database Summer Access
Bloomberg Continuing unlimited, unrestricted access for any purpose.  
Lexis Advance Continuing access for use with classes, clerking, interning, or working at a firm.
Westlaw Continuing access for non-commercial work only, including: summer coursework; research assistant assignments; law review or journal research; moot court research; non-profit work; clinical work; or externship sponsored by the school.

If you have questions about access, please contact the Law Library's Research Desk at (714) 628-2548 or email

Technology Issues

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

Please contact the Law Library's Research Desk at (714) 628-2548 or and a Research Librarian will assist you.

I need help with my library account PIN.

Please contact the Law Library's Research Desk at (714) 628-2548 or and a Research Librarian will assist you.

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 on the first floor of Leatherby Libraries.