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About the Law Library

The four-story Washburn University Law Library is housed in the Law Building with entry on the second level. It was built in 1968 and enlarged in 1992. For the past 20 years, the Law Library has ranked in the top quarter of all law school libraries for new titles added to its collection.

The Law Library shares its online catalog with five other Topeka libraries. Known as Associated Topeka Libraries Automated System (ATLAS), this shared system provides users access to the University's Law, Mabee, and Curriculum Libraries, the Kansas Supreme Court Law Library, the State Library of Kansas, and the Kansas State Historical Society.

WashLaw is a nationally recognized legal information portal, developed and maintained by the Law Library staff.

Resource & Collection Arrangement

The Law Library uses Library of Congress classification to arrange most of its collections. Superintendent of Documents classification is used for federal documents. Case reporters are arranged by jurisdiction.

Services on the Second Floor include: circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, a 30 terminal computer lab, study rooms, and audio visual rooms. The Second Floor houses several collections: reference, reserve, unbound periodicals, government documents, videotapes, current newspapers, and the popular reading area.

The Third Floor houses regional and federal case reporters, digests, the American Law Reports, Shephard's citators, state statutes, current popular magazines, treatises with Library of Congress call numbers, KFA through Z.

The Fourth Floor houses most of the treatise collection, classified A through KF. Bound periodicals are also on the Fourth Floor, arranged by call number.

The First Floor houses study tables, a group study room, computer training lab and library storage rooms.