In support of the mission of the NCCU School of Law, the Law Library provides information services and resources that promote the performance of high-quality legal research activities by our faculty, students, staff and community. The Law Library accomplishes this by providing: (1) research and reference services by trained legal and library professionals in support of the needs of the university, alumni, legal and local communities; (2) access to information resources that support the law school’s curriculum, programs and organizations; and (3) space for faculty and students to engage in collaborative work, quiet study and innovative research using new and ground-breaking research products and techniques.
The library provides two stories of space for individual and collaborative study. Our reading room, a product of the 2005 law school renovation, is light-filled and boasts both soft seating for momentary study breaks, and beautiful shaker-styled seating for intense study. The library’s second floor contains eight state-of-the-art study rooms available for collective study and study carrels that are unassigned and available to all students.
The library has over 400,000 volumes and volume equivalents for your research needs. We also participate in the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), which gives our students and faculty access to the holdings of the other academic research libraries in the Research Triangle. We subscribe to electronic resources like LexisNexis, Westlaw, Fastcase, Loislaw, BNA and HeinOnline. Using these resources is not as simple as “Googling,” so our librarians provide training to ensure you have meaningful access to the many legal research databases we offer.
Our students have access to the library’s space 100 hours per week, with 24 hour access five weeks prior to exam periods. Students, faculty and staff can access most of our electronic resources from their homes anytime using the University’s Virtual Private Network!
Our ten professional librarians have more than 100 years of collective experience. Our dual degreed research librarians hold law and library science degrees and several have practiced law. Librarians teach, formally and informally, through our interactions in library workshops, as guest speakers in substantive classes and at the reference desk.
Thank you for visiting the NCCU School of Law Library on the Web. We welcome you to come see us in person!
Lauren M. Collins
Assistant Professor of Law and Law Library Director