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A Quick Introduction

General Description

The law library collection covers three floors in the UW Law Library building and dozens of electronic databases with thousands of legal titles and practice tools. Our collection includes state and federal cases and statutes, federal administrative rules and agency decisions, legal digests and encyclopedias, legal looseleaf services, treatises on a wide range of legal subjects, law reviews and bar journals, media, and selected government documents. 

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Library Arrangement

First Floor
Statutes, reporters, treatises (books), and reference materials

Second Floor
Wyoming materials, agency reporters, and law reviews

Third Floor
Government documents, older volumes and superseded materials.

Specific locations and call numbers for our collection can be searched on our online library catalog, WebHopper.  There are public computers on each floor of the library for internet and catalog searching.

For some titles you may find a location code instead of a call number. The shelf location codes indicate the floor (M=Main, B=Basement and S=Second), the direction (E=East, W=West, S=South and N=North) and the range number where the item is located. The United States Reports location code, for example, is M-S-1. This means these reporters are on the Main floor, South side of the room, beginning on range 1.

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Interlibrary Loan

Contact the Circulation Desk to request materials that we do not own.  Items available from other libraries on campus may be requested through the library catalog using the Request It button at the bottom of the screen. The law library also partners with Prospector, a resource-sharing service traveling between Colorado libraries and the University of Wyoming, allowing patrons to borrow directly from these other sources.  Links for these resources are in our library catalog.

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Computer Access

The law library provides access to both Fastcase, Casetext, Nexis Uni, and Westlaw Campus Access, which are computerized legal information retrieval systems, through our Databases link on our library’s home page.

The library also subscribes to CALI exercises (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction). Available at, this site accesses electronic tutorials for a wide variety of legal topics. A student password is required.

The library is part of the campus wireless network so the Internet can be accessed from laptops and public terminals throughout the building.

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Photocopiers and Printers

A coin-operated photocopy machine is available in Room 122 across from the Circulation Desk. Cash copies are $.10 each.

Student printers are located in the Potter Law Club Computer Lab, in the photocopy room, and in the Student Lounge near the classrooms.  Payment for printed copies is automatically deducted from your student computer account.  To add money to this account, go to

Lexis printers are located in the photocopy room and in the Computer Lab.  You can use these to print documents contained in Lexis only.  Printing costs are absorbed by Lexis.

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Study Rooms

There are five rooms that can be reserved for group study and two closed study carrels set aside for individual use. Reserve group study rooms at  To request use of an individual closed study carrel, check out a key from the Circulation Desk. The key checks out for three hours.

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Study Carrels

Individual study carrels are assigned to law students by the Potter Law Club through a lottery system.

All carrels have electricity, and those along the walls on the main and second floors have active data ports for internet connectivity. Cables can be checked out at the Circulation Desk, however, connectivity should be available throughout the library via the wireless network.

Please note our carrel policy posted at each carrel.  We want students to feel comfortable, but some safety restrictions apply to electrical appliances.

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Checking Out Materials

Students may check out treatises for a full semester. Reporters and statutes may be checked out to carrels or faculty offices and are to remain in the building. Digests, looseleaf services, and other reference books should be used in the area where they are shelved.  Our DVDs in our leisure collection can be checked out overnight. Reserve books, including study guides and faculty reserve items, are located at the Circulation Desk and may be checked out for three hours. 

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E-books may be accessed through the library’s catalog, WebHopper.  Check the Databases page for other e-book collections, including Lexis, West, and Wolters Kluwer study aids.

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Library Basic Rules and Regulations

Beverages are allowed in spill-resistant containers only.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the law school building.

Books and personal items should not be saved on tables or stored on empty library shelves. They may be gathered up by library personnel. If you do not have a carrel and need to save books overnight, request a book cart at the Circulation Desk. 

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Library Hours 

Library hours are posted on our Library Information page

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Contact Us

George W. Hopper Law Library

Dept. 3035

1000 E. University Avenue

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2210


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