The law librarians will be available remotely from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to answer reference/research questions. if you have any reference/research questions, please email LoyolaLawReference@luc.edu. We will be checking this email address regularly.
The sections below provide access to many of the most important resources that patrons may need during the Law Library's closure.
West Academic is offering access to e-textbooks for Loyola Law students. If you want to take advantage of this offer, please contact West Academic (877-888-1330).
Wolters Kluwer/Aspen and Carolina Academic Press
In partnership with VitalSource, Wolters Kluwer (Aspen) and Carolina Academic Press are providing free digital e-textbooks for students who lost access to their purchased book or library resources due to a shift from in-person to online courses.
To get started, students should visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with their LUC email address. Here are instructions on creating a Bookshelf account for both students and instructors. Once students create an account with an LUC email address, they should log in and click on the “Explore” tab in the upper left corner of the screen. This tab provides access to the freely available e-textbooks.
VitalSource has created a video that walks users through the account creation process.
Please note that at this time, student downloads are limited to seven titles and that trial access is set to expire on Monday, May 25.
For a complete list of VitalSource FAQs, please visit their Web site.
LexisNexis Digital Library
For a limited time, current Loyola Law students, faculty, and staff will have complimentary access to the LexisNexis Digital Library, a collection of online study guides and casebooks. To get started, click here and create an account using your LUC email address (note: your existing Lexis Advance ID and password will not allow you to access this platform. You will need to create a separate account to access this platform).
For more information on using the LexisNexis Digital Library, please refer to the Study Aids Flyer and Getting Started Guide (below), or contact Andrea Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-306-8620).
The Law Library provides access to online study aids from West Academic and from Wolters Kluwer. In addition, students have access to CALI lessons and tutorials.
We have heard reports of students who are having issues accessing the audiobooks in the Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aids Library. If you are experiencing this problem, please follow these steps:
Most of the Law Library's electronic resources are available to current Loyola Law students, faculty, and staff remotely, whether through individual user name/password access (e.g. Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law) or through IP/Proxy access (e.g. HeinOnline, Gale, ProQuest).
In addition to having 24/7 availability for most our online resources, each Loyola Law faculty member is assigned a professional librarian as a liaison. Even remotely, your library liaison can assist you with locating resources or with special research projects.
All due dates for books will be extended to the following:
Additional extensions will be made if necessary. Please email Shane Peterson at email@example.com if you have questions about renewing your library materials.
Please keep all items until we reopen. Overdue fines for Loyola University Chicago books will not be charged.
If you currently have a physical book through ILL, which is about to be due or is overdue, we are currently asking you to hold onto it until returns can be arranged. Please email Shane Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Beyond Loyola, library closures worldwide have also meant that staff everywhere are unable to access their physical collections. Due to this, and the uncertainty involved in circulating materials through the mail in these conditions, Interlibrary Loans for physical items, or for scans of physical items (including books, journals and media), are suspended until further notice.
Law students, law faculty and law staff can still request scans of items available online, but because different libraries will have different ability to provide these resources during closure, and/or limited service, delays should still be expected.We are working with libraries around the country to fill as many requests as we can.
Check your ILLiad account here.
Questions about ILL can be directed Shane Peterson email@example.com.
Google Scholar can be synched with the content of the Loyola Libraries' journal databases by following these steps:
1) From the Google Scholar homepage, go to the pull-down menu in the upper left-hand corner.
2) From the pull-down menu, choose "Settings."
3) Under "Settings," select "Library Links."
4) In the search bar, type in "Loyola University Chicago," and search. Your search should be matched to "Loyola University Chicago Libraries," which will then be added to a list below the search box. Click on the small box next to "Loyola University Chicago Libraries," and then save your settings.
Now, when you search in Google Scholar, you should see the option "Find it at Loyola" on the right-hand side of your results, if the article is available via Loyola. Click on "Find it at Loyola," and follow the steps to access the article. Note that you will need to log in with your LUC credentials (LOCUS login/password) to remotely access the full texts of articles from LUC Libraries' databases.
In addition to the following resources, note that both Westlaw and Lexis have added collections specific to COVID-19.