Access to the Widener Law Commonwealth Library is primarily for the use of the students, faculty, staff, and alumni of Widener University.
Visitors may use the library for research purposes or to access Federal Depository Library Program documents.
Classes may not be held in the Law Library unless they are affiliated with Widener University and approved in advance by the director.
Only Law School students, faculty and staff may use Lexis and Westlaw for educational purposes only.
The library does not perform Lexis or Westlaw searches on behalf of patrons.
Inside the library, any user may access selected resources available through the online databases.
Off-campus access to the library databases is restricted to Law School students, faculty and staff. Login requires the number printed above the barcode on the back of the Widener ID.
Visitors are permitted to use designated computers to search the library catalog, databases, and to access Federal Depository Library Program electronic materials. Assistance in searching the online catalog or accessing the available resources is provided by reference librarians as needed.
There is a fee for making photocopies or printing.
Alumni, members of the bar, and other visitors should review the Building Access information before coming to campus.
The collection of the Law Library is intended primarily for legal research. For that reason, the majority of the materials do not circulate so that they will be available to all who use the collection.
Students, faculty, and staff of Widener Law Commonwealth and Widener University are entitled to borrow circulating items.
Law School alumni may obtain an alumni card and may borrow up to six items. Members of the bar may obtain a visitor's card and may borrow up to three circulating items.
Library materials may be renewed by logging into your library account.
The mission of the Law Library is to serve the faculty, students, and staff of the Law School. We also welcome visitors who wish to conduct legal research.
To provide a safe and respectful environment that is free of disruptive behavior for collaborative and individual study and research, the Law Library expects all library users to abide by the following code of conduct:
Patrons may not remove library items without proper checkout. Checkout privileges are extended to Widener Law Commonwealth students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members of the bar may also obtain borrowing privileges.
The Widener Law Commonwealth Library is a research library. Collection development is the foundation on which the library achieves its mission of providing legal information to students and faculty and members of the bench and bar. The excellence of research collection is the focus of collection development. Our Collection Development Policy provides guidelines for the continued growth and development of the collection. Selection of materials is made within the context of institutional goals and in compliance with standards promulgated by the American Bar Association (ABA) and Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The policy is reviewed periodically and revised as required.
The Widener Law Commonwealth Library considers all offers of gifts of materials; however, we will only accept donations of material we believe will enhance our collection. When a donation is accepted, a full inventory of the donation is made and included in a letter of acknowledgment. No monetary evaluations of donations are made. Once accepted, a gift becomes the property of the Law Library and its disposition is determined by the Law Library.