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Secondary Sources: Finding and Using Library Materials

What's in the law library collection?

Most materials owned by the Library are listed in our computer catalog, URSUS. URSUS is the on-line catalog for the University of Maine System libraries. URSUS provides access to the cataloged material in the Library as well as most of the major libraries in Maine, including the University of Maine System, Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby Colleges, and the Law and Legislative Reference Library.

Read how to use URSUS or watch How to Search URSUS.

Restricted databases are not included in the catalog.

Find Primary Material

Primary material, such as case reporters, statutes, session laws, and administrative codes, which the Library currently receives is included in the on-line catalog, URSUS. (A guide to shelf locations of materials is available at the circulation desk.) Please ask at the Circulation or Reference Desks if you need assistance in locating material.

Borrow from the Law Library

Visit the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor during circulation desk hours to borrow and return library items.

Most Library materials may not leave the law school building, although some items can be checked out to a student's carrel or a faculty member's office. Classified treatises are the only materials that can leave the building. Jump to loan periods and policies.

Members of the general public must first complete a patron registration form at the Circulation Desk to borrow classified treatises.

Borrowed materials are subject to recall at any time.

Borrow from Another Library

When you need material held by another library in the University of Maine System, use the Request function located at the top of the page in URSUS.

For material not available through URSUS, Garbrecht Law Library provides interlibrary loan service for University of Maine Law School students, faculty, staff and members of the legal community. Borrowing items from outside the URSUS system can take 2-4 weeks to complete, so please allow processing time.

Watch: How to Request a Book through URSUS


If you still have questions contact the Reference Desk.



Find a Government Document

Most of the U.S. Government documents the Library owns are cataloged. However, some materials have not been cataloged or are cataloged as part of a series you may not be aware of. Whenever you are seeking a government document and cannot find it in URSUS you should ask a Reference Librarian for help.