Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library, named for the Law Librarian
who served the school from 1963 to 1979, contains over 335,000
volumes, entirely shelved in open stacks.
The Law library has a complete collection of federal and state statutes and law reports, as well as a comprehensive collection of
Canadian and British Commonwealth law reports and statutes. The legal periodical collection of the law library is outstanding and features most American, Canadian, and British legal periodicals.
As a U.S. Government publications depository, the law library receives federal publications which support law student and faculty research. As an official depository for the European
Union, the law library receives essential European documents, as well.
The library's treatise collection provides in-depth coverage of most legal fields. Computer assisted legal research services are available
to students, staff, and faculty of the Law School.
A staff of six professional librarians and four supporting personnel service the law library's collection. The staff provides reference
service, prepares bibliographies, and instructs in the use of all specialized legal materials.
During the academic year the law library is open 95 hours per week with seating space for over 160 students. Professional reference
service is available 40 hours per week. The library is accessible to disabled students.
Law Library's Mission
primary mission is to support the research and study needs of
the students, faculty and staff of the University of Maine School
of Law. The Library also provides assistance to the judiciary,
bar and other members of the legal community. Members of the
general public may use the Library.
Law Library's Collection
has an extensive collection of primary legal materials from
the federal government, all 50 states, U.S. territories, and
many British Commonwealth countries. In addition to complete
sets of statutes for most jurisdictions, the Library collects
legislative materials, and selected administrative regulations
and rulings for the State of Maine and the Federal Government.
The Library has a collection of state legislative materials,
case reporters, digests and practice aids for the New England
States. The Library also maintains comprehensive Canadian and
English law collections.
has an extensive collection of secondary materials. These
secondary materials include legal encyclopedias, loose-leaf
services and leading treatises in all areas of the law, and
a complete set of Maine practice materials. The library periodical
collection includes commercial journals, bar journals, selected
newsletters, several legal newspapers, foreign legal periodicals,
and most American law reviews. The Library is a U.S. Government
and European Union documents depository.
note that Law students may also use the USM libraries. In
addition to having non-legal materials, these libraries also
contain Maine state documents and select federal government
documents. The Portland Public Library may also provide useful