The Reference desk is located on the 3rd Floor of the Law Building. Reference assistance in person, by telephone 207.780.4351, or email, is available Monday – Friday.  Reference librarians are available to answer research questions and provide assistance locating information during regular reference desk hours. At other times patrons may telephone the reference line and leave a phone message requesting reference information. The Reference librarians also offer tours of the law library and research instruction for traditional print resources as well as electronic database instruction.

Using the Online Catalog (URSUS)

Materials collected by the Law Library are included in URSUS, the shared University of Maine System library system. We recommend that you limit your search location to our collection by selecting “University of Maine School of Law” from the drop-down menu.

URSUS searches the cataloged material of 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.

Primary Material

Primary materials, such as case reporters, statutes, session laws, and administrative codes collected by the Library, are included in the on-line catalog, URSUS.

Government Documents

Most of the U.S. Government documents in the Library collection are cataloged. However, some materials we hold are not cataloged or are cataloged as part of a series. If you cannot find a particular government document in URSUS, ask a Reference Librarian for help.

Locating books and other physical resources

Books and other physical resources on located on the second and third floor of the law building and on all three floors of the library annex.  Rare Books and Special Collections are located on the fourth floor of the law building.

Reserve items, including course reserves, are located in closed stacks, behind the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor of the law building. Visit the circulation desk during regular hours to request reserve materials.

Please ask at the Circulation or Reference Desk if you need assistance in locating material.