The Law Library’s Collection
The Donald L. Garbrecht Law Library’s principal mission is collecting and maintaining library resources that support the instructional and research needs of the law school faculty and students. The library collection also supports two student edited journals, Maine Law Review, and the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal, and our clinical programs, the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic, and the Refugee and Human Rights Clinic. In addition to serving law school faculty and students, the Law Library has a secondary mission to serve the public as one of only two public law libraries in the state. To meet our patrons’ needs, the Law Library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and electronic legal resources and is involved in several cooperative arrangements to insure our patrons have access to resources needed for their research and instructional needs. Please see the Law Library’s Collection Development Policy for a more detailed description of the library’s collection. The Law Library Collection Development team aims to be responsive to changes to the law school curriculum and faculty research needs when making its purchasing decisions.
The Law Library maintains a complete collection of resources from the Federal Government, including federal statutes, session laws, administrative materials, and case reporters in print or online. The Law Library’s comprehensive collection of material from the State of Maine includes Maine primary sources and secondary sources, including Maine practitioner materials. We collect state statutes, session laws, and regional reporters for Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont, and subscribe to commercial databases for resources from the remaining states.
The legal periodical collection of the law library is outstanding and features most American, Canadian, and British legal periodicals. The Law Library’s print periodical collection is enhanced by our online subscription to HeinOnline. As a selective U.S. Government Depository library, we receive federal publications which support law student and faculty research. The Law Library has an extensive collection of secondary materials that includes legal encyclopedias, loose-leaf services and leading treatises in many areas of the law.
The Law Library has a comprehensive collection of Canadian and British Commonwealth law reports and statutes. Our Canadian Collection contains case reporters and statutes for all of the Canadian provinces and its federal government. We rely on CANLII for the most current versions of these resources. Further, this collection includes a comprehensive collection of subject specific treatises and other secondary sources. As an official depository for the European Union, the law library receives essential European documents.The Law Library maintains modest Foreign Law and International Law collections. These collections are primarily in English, and include multi-jurisdictional compilations of primary law, periodicals, and treatises in areas of high demand.