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Library Access and Resources in Response to COVID-19: Home

This guide will update the University of Maine School of Law community on Library Services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Library Hours

The Law Library is currently closed until further notice.  However, the library staff is working remotely and here to respond to your requests.  Email is the preferred method of communication.  Law Library Administration can be reached at lawlibrary@maine.edu.  The Reference Staff can be reached at lawref@maine.edu.  The Circulation/ILL Staff can be reached at lawill@maine.edu.  

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Online Study Aids

The Law Library subscribes to West Academic Study Aids and LexisNexis Digital Library.  The library also subcribes to CALI and the Wolters Kluwer Study Aids package. 

The West Academic Study Aids library contains a variety of study aids and outlines.  This library also contains hornbooks and nutshells on many topics.

The LexisNexis Digital Library contains a variety of study aids as well as e-book versions of the Law Library's LexisNexis print collection.  You will need your library barcode, located at the bottom of you law school ID, in order to access this collection.

CALI offers exercises on a variety of legal topics and are a great resource for reviewing material taught in your classes.  You will need an authorization code to create your CALI account before you can access the lessons. Please contact the Reference Staff for a code.  

The Woters Kluwer's Online Study Aids package can be accessed here.  You will need to click the login link in the upper right corner of the screen and enter  the common username and password that was sent to all students.  You can then create your own personal account to highlight text and take notes.  See detailed instructions below.  If you need assistance please contact Christine Dulac.

Online Bluebook

The library has secured limited electronic access to the Bluebook.  If you are a student and need to use the Bluebook electronically, email a request (including your name) to Christine Dulac and she will forward you an access code.  Please note that codes are limited and we will only issue one code per student. 

After you get your code, go to www.legalbluebook.com, click on "Bluebook Key Redemption," and follow the instructions to set up an account. You will only need to use the code once to set up your account - after that, logging in will give you Bluebook access.

Electronic Access to Textbooks

West Academic/Foundation Press  is at least in some cases offering access to electronic casebooks for students at schools that are moving classes online. To inquire about this, students should contact West Academic at (877) 888-1330.

Foundation Press should appear in West Academic's database, so call the West Academic number for Foundation Press books.

Lexis is providing electronic casebook access on a title-by-title basis.  To inquire about this, students should contact Lexis at (800) 833-9844.

Carolina Academic Press has partnered with VitalSource to make textbooks available to you.  You will need to sign in or set up an account to get started - use your maine.edu email account to sign up.  Your books should appear once you are able to log in.

Wolters Kluwer / Aspen has multiple access options.  If you have purchased a print version of a textbook, the digital version may be available at the Connected Casebook website.  You will need an access code that is inside your print textbook.

If you don't have a print copy and your courses have shifted online, WK/A has partnered with VitalSource to make textbooks available to you.  Textbooks have been processed and should appear once you log in.  Here are the steps to sign up as a student:

  1. Visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com and log-in or create a Bookshelf account with your institution-provided email address.
  2. Once you create an account with an institution-provided email address, you 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.
  3. More detailed instructions are available here.

PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT US IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE WITH ACCESSING YOUR TEXTBOOKS ONLINE!

Garbrecht Law Library Virtual Reference Room

Garbrecht Virtual Reference Desk (via zoom) will be available 10 am - 2 pm M-F and by appointment. Single sign-on (SSO) authentication is required. Please be patient as we work out any kinks.

Requesting Material and Renewing Your Books

You can request materials from the Law Library ILL Department. We are not able to fill print requests at this time but we can fill requests for journal and periodical material. All requests can be made to the ILL Department.

All material checked out has been automatically renewed to May 15, 2020.  You can review your library record and renew material online in My Library Account.  You will need to have your library barcode to do this.  It is located at the bottom of your law school ID.