Law Library



Secondary sources are works that are not the law but discuss or analyze legal doctrine. Treatises and law journal articles are secondary sources. Secondary sources are often the best place to begin legal research as they can help to clarify legal issues and lead to primary as well as other secondary materials.


Print Resources and E-books

The library's collections of print, AV and electronic materials, including e-books, are all available though our online catalog, MELcat.  The library's present collection contains over 220,000 volumes in book and microform equivalent volumes.  Our print IP collection is in the IP Library located on the 3rd floor.  The general legal collection including statutes, case reporters, treatises, and more are located on the library's 1st floor.  

Classification System

The law library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize its treatise and reference materials.  It seems our main collection's entire treatise collection's call numbers are K- or KF-something because the LC system assigns materials for law call numbers beginning with K; KF is specifically for law of the United States; KFN is specifically for law of New Hampshire.