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Finding Books and Videos in the Law Library

Prepared by Diane Murley, SIU Law Library, Updated January 2006

SIU Law Library catalog

Start by searching the SIU Law Library catalog of books, videos, and other materials. Do NOT use the catalog to search for journal or other articles. See Finding Articles in the Law Library.

You can search the SIU Law Library catalog by

  • Author – Put the last name first.
  • Title – Start with the first word of the title (except the, an, a) and put in as much of the title as you like. Don't skip any words within the part of the title that you enter, even "the," "an," or "a."  If you don't know the exact title or don't know the beginning of the title, try a Word search instead.
  • Subject – Subjects are assigned from a list of subject headings put out by the Library of Congress. If your subject search doesn't find what you want, try a Word search instead.
  • Keywords – A keyword search will retrieve items that have all of your search terms in the title, subtitle, or a subject heading. It will not necessarily find them as a phrase or in the same order that you entered them.

Once you find what you want in the SIU Law Library catalog, note both the call number and the location and retrieve the item from the shelf. If you need help finding something in the law library, ask a member of the library staff or consult a law library floor map.

SIUC Morris Library catalog

If the book you want is not available in the Law Library, search SIUCat, the Morris Library catalog. Make a note of both location and call number, then retrieve the item from Morris Library.

During the renovation of Morris Library, many books and journals will be stored offsite. See information about the Library's storage facilities and requesting materials located there.

SIU students, faculty, and staff have borrowing privileges in the Morris Library. An adult who is not affiliated with the University may obtain a courtesy card at the Access Services circulation desk. A courtesy card will provide borrowing privileges for library materials that circulate and the ability to access online resources and the internet when visiting Morris Library. See Morris Library Circulation Policies, XII. Appendix, for information about cost and duration of courtesy cards.

Interlibrary Loan

Law students, faculty, and staff may request an interlibrary loan if they cannot find what they need in either the Law Library or Morris Library. See Interlibrary Loan Policies for more information. Forms for interlibrary loan requests are available at the circulation desk.

The law library is unable to request materials through interlibrary loan for non-law students, faculty, and staff, or for members of the public.


To request a book or article through interlibrary loan, you must identify a specific book or article that you need. If you do not have a specific book in mind, or if you do not have complete information about the book that you want, use WorldCat. WorldCat searches for materials in thousands of libraries around the world. You must be on the SIUC network to search WorldCat.

See Interlibrary Loan Policies for more information. Forms for interlibrary loan requests are available at the circulation desk.

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