UIC School of Law Library - Frequently Asked Questions


In 2019, UIC acquired the John Marshall Law School (JMLS), now known as the UIC School of Law. 

The UIC School of Law Library primarily serves the faculty and students of the UIC School of Law and is administered separately from the UIC University Library. Nevertheless, the Law Library does provide services to the UIC community.

This is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this transition, relevant to University Library patrons.  For more information, please Contact the UIC Library, or contact the Law Library itself.

Do UIC users have access to the Law School Library?

Yes. Individuals generally will need a UIC ID to enter Law School premises.

Where is the Law School Library located?

The Law School Library is at 300 South State Street, 6th Floor, Chicago IL 60604.

What are the visiting hours for the UIC School of Law Library?

Law School Library hours are listed on its website.

Will UIC users have access to the electronic resources of the Law School Library?

UIC faculty, students and staff will have access to many of the Law School Library’s electronic resources, but only from computers on-site at the Law School Library. Many of the law resources are too expensive to license for the entire UIC campus, and some are restricted to law students and faculty only. Feel free to call the Law School Reference Desk at 312-427-2737, ext. 729 to confirm whether a database is available before going to the Law School Library.

How can UIC users borrow print materials from the UIC School of Law Library?

Until UIC and Law School catalogs are merged in 2021, UIC users can check out materials in person at the Law School Library, or request print materials from the Law School Library through Interlibrary Loan.

Will UIC students and faculty have access to the reference services of the UIC School of Law Library?

Yes. Law librarians will provide specialized legal reference services to the broader UIC community. This service will be mediated behind the scenes by the librarians. UIC students and faculty outside the School of Law should begin with the chat, email, or in-person services at their college’s primary library (e.g., Daley Library, Library of the Health Sciences).

Will the UIC School of Law Library continue to have its own website?

Yes, the current plan is to re-brand the Law School Library web pages with UIC URLs, logos, and colors but maintain an independent site. At some point in the future, the law library website may be more integrated into the University Library website structure.

Will the UIC School of Law Library maintain its own catalog?

Yes, until 2021. The Law Library will maintain its current integrated library system, including online public access catalog (OPAC), until a cutover to the UIC system in 2021. Until library systems merge, users will need to use the Law School catalog to locate materials in the law collection. For all other UIC materials, users will need to access the UIC Library Catalog. There will be a link on the Law Library website to the UIC Catalog.

Will the UIC School of Law Library be open to the public?

No. The Law Library’s current access policy will still apply, with the addition of access to all UIC students, faculty, and staff. UIC alumni can access the Law Library as outlined in the FAQ below. The Collaboration Commons (8th floor of the State Street building) is not part of the Law Library and has a separate access policy that restricts access to UIC School of Law students and faculty.

Will John Marshall Law School and UIC alumni have access to each other’s Libraries?

Yes, alumni of either institution will have access to the collections and facilities of the other’s library, per the policies of each Library. Circulating physical material may be checked out, but remote access to electronic resources is not permitted.

UIC and John Marshall Law School alumni can apply for an Alumni Borrowing Card. UIC alumni will need to present an Alumni Borrowing Card and a photo ID to Law School Security to gain access to the Law School and Library. John Marshall Law School alumni will continue to be issued Law School ID cards for access to the facility and Law Library borrowing, but they will need to get an Alumni Borrowing Card to borrow from the other UIC libraries.

Will UIC users have access to the UIC School of Law network, Wi-Fi, or telephone systems?

UIC visitors will have access to the Law School guest Wi-Fi.

How can a UIC user print at the UIC School of Law Library?

UIC visitors will have access to a print station to print using the UIC Wēpa print system.

For more information, please contact us.


  • by: Allan Berry
  • created: Jul 20, 2021
  • updated: Jul 20, 2021
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