Welcome to the Howard University School of Law Library website. Our mission is to provide a quality, complete collection of legal materials for the Howard University School of Law faculty and students. Recognizing that the legal system extends beyond the Howard University School of Law community, the Law Library also provides access to legal materials for the practicing attorney, as well as people of all races, creeds and colors.
The goals of the Law Library are to provide access to and maintain a collection of information resources that support law school programs, legal research and the needs of all library users. The Law Library will select, organize, preserve and make available all of its resources as a way to assist those in their pursuit of justice.
The Law Library has a collection of approximately 225,000 volumes and is open 105 hours per week. Seven librarians and seven staff members provide excellent service for those who need legal research assistance. Our building is a 76,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. With wireless access throughout, as well as oak tables equipped with data jacks and electrical outlets, computers for accessing the online catalog on each floor and a 52-seat computer training room, the Law Library is on the cutting edge of technology. Of course, the Law Library also has print resources. On the fourth floor is the Special Collections area, which houses the papers of such civil rights giants as Charles Hamilton Houston, Spottswood Robinson and Phineas Indritz (a prominent Washington lawyer who helped desegregate the D.C. bar.)
So, whether you visit the Law Library in person or via the Internet, we welcome the opportunity to assist you.
Professor Rhea Ballard-Thrower
updated: September 6, 2012