In an effort to assist you with the resources offered at Eckstein Law Library, below is a list of the most frequently asked questions with answers.
What are the hours for Circulation and Reference?
Generally, regular semester service hours are 8:30am – 8:00pm M – Th and 8:30am – 4:30pm on Friday. Weekend hours are 10:30am – 4:30pm. Hours vary for holidays and intersession. A complete listing of service hours is available.
What should I do if the printer is jammed?
Please tell the circulation attendant which floor the copier jam is on so they can contact the help desk for service.
Additional printer information is available, including costs for white and colored copies.
I’m looking for something that the library doesn’t appear to have. Is there a way to get it?
If you are in need of material that is not available at Eckstein or Raynor libraries, you may place a request to have the material delivered from another library using interlibrary loan.
Can I really borrow a laptop?
Yes! Law students may borrow a laptop Mac or PC with a charger cord for four days at the circulation desk and are able to renew one time either in person or by phone. Be sure to return your laptop on time because overdue fines can run up to $30 per day. Additional information about wireless access is available.
I’ve checked out material and I see the due date is fast approaching but I’m not done using it. What should I do?
You may renew materials online through the catalog twice before having to come to the circulation desk. There are fines for returning materials late. Fines vary depending on the type of material checked out.
My professor said there is a book on reserve. How do I find it?
Students may use the catalog to access class reserves. You’ll need your course title and/or the professor’s name to search class reserves.
Preparing for Exams?
Course Study Guides Available
Eckstein Law Library maintains a comprehensive collection of study aids that many students find useful in learning fundamental concepts and reviewing before exams.
Our collection includes guides from the following series: Examples & Explanations, Mastering, Questions & Answers, and Understanding.
See our subject list of study guides for first year courses and second and third year courses. Current editions are kept in the reserve room and can be requested and checked out at the circulation desk. Earlier editions of some titles may be available in the open stacks under the same call number.
Where can I find books, articles and other items my professors place on reserve?
To find items placed on reserve for a class, search the Class Reserves page of MARQCAT by the professor's name. If a professor teaches more than one course, all courses will be listed. Simply select the link for the course that you are enrolled in.
There are two types of class reserves, paper (and other hard items) and electronic. Electronic reserves are available directly through the Class Reserves page of MARQCAT via a link. You will see an e-reserve link displayed in the record after you’ve searched by professor. Click on the link to obtain the material.
Paper and other hard items placed on reserve are available at the circulation desk. Be sure to write down the course title, professor’s name, and reserve material title to give to the library assistant at the circulation desk. This information may be included in your syllabus or it may be found using the Class Reserves page of MARQCAT. Paper and other hard items placed on reserve have a two hour loan period.
Hungry to learn more about the Law Library?
New students, join us for the library luncheon!
The library luncheon for 1L and transfer students will be held in room 433 from 11:45am to 1:00pm.
Stop by to chat with your classmates, meet the librarians and library staff, and get to know what the library has to offer. Attend our information stations for a chance to win prizes!
Did we mention the pizza courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen? See your invitation, in your orientation welcome packet, for more details!
WHO ON THE LIBRARY STAFF HAS EARNED A PARALEGAL CERTIFICATE?
Get to know Tom Ziolkowski
Tom is a Law Library Assistant who generally works part-time on weekends. When he is here, you can find him handling reserve items, updating loose leaf materials, and assisting students, professors and patrons with checking materials in and out of the library collection. Weekdays, Tom works at a local technical college library.
A North Carolina native, Tom studied at Appalachian State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Psychology. He has also earned a Paralegal Certificate from an ABA approved program.
In his leisure time Tom enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with friends, and participating in outdoor activities. During March Madness Tom can be found rooting for the Duke Blue Devils! Please feel free to stop by the circulation desk on weekends to say hello.
WORKING AS A RESEARCH ASSISTANT THIS SUMMER?
Fill out forms for additional printing privileges and extended loan periods
RA Authorization Forms
To check out materials on behalf of your professor (and receive the longer faculty loan period) you must complete a separate authorization form for the law library and for Raynor Libraries. Each form must be signed by your professor and returned to the appropriate library. You can access the forms through the links below, or stop by the circulation desk for a print copy.
RA Printing Privileges
Complete the Research Assistant Printing Rights Form to receive additional RA copies. Once processed, you will notice a second account on your MU ID card when you swipe it at the copy/print machine. Please remember to use your RA account for your faculty’s research project only.
Does your research involve materials that are not available at Marquette? Submit an Interlibrary Loan request for the book or article you are seeking. Our Interlibrary Loan department will locate the item and place the request on your behalf. Requests take from 7-14 days to fill so please plan accordingly.
Research Support from the Reference Librarians
Would you like to feel more confident about the approach you are taking to complete your research project? Consider scheduling a research consultation with a law librarian. Your faculty member has a law library liaison who would be happy to meet with you and help you to chart a course for the project. You may also stop by the reference desk at point of need.
Cleaning out your locker?
Remember to return library books before summer break
Please take a moment to return all your library materials before you leave for the summer. For your convenience, we have two book drops – one near the welcome desk and another at the end of the circulation desk. You may also simply hand your item to the library staff member at the circulation desk if you’d like to make sure it is immediately checked in, and to clear any fines.
If you are staying at Marquette this summer, please remember to renew your library items online, by telephone, or in person. And, remember, the Law Library service hours change during intersession and summer.
Whatever your plans, we wish you a wonderful break!
Amnesty Week for law student overdue fines!
National Legal Research Teach-In
In observance of National Legal Research Teach-In Week, celebrated at law schools in conjunction with National Library Week, the Law Library will offer amnesty on overdue fines to Marquette University Law Students.
Return overdue Law Library books to the Circulation Desk on Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 19th, with no fines assessed and no questions asked!
In recognition of National Legal Research Teach-In, learn more about legal research instructional sessions provided by our law librarians.
Who on the library staff speaks Mandarin and Shanghainese?
Meet Michelle Yan
As part-time Law Library Assistant Michelle Yan is responsible for checking items in and out, looseleaf filing, helping students with inquiries, and providing valuable assistance to library patrons at the circulation desk during evening and weekend hours.
Michelle earned her B.A degree in library and information sciences from East China Normal University of Shanghai. Previously, Michelle worked in acquisitions in an academic library in Cleveland.
She enjoys reading and cooking Chinese food. And, you guessed it, Michelle is fluent in Mandarin and Shanghainese!
Have you used your annual Printwise allocation?
Reload at the VTS machine!
Once you have used the $21.00 Marquette gives students for printing each year, the cost of printing is deducted from your MarquetteCASH account. To add additional funds to your account, you may use the VTS (Value Transfer System) Machine located on the first floor next to the printer (cash only), or you may visit marquettecard.com to use a Credit or Debit card.
For information about Printwise locations, costs, driver downloads and more, please visit the IT Services Printwise page.
Have you remembered to return library books before holiday break?
Don't let overdue fines pile up!
Finished exams? ✓
Don’t let overdue fines pile up! Please return all Law Library items to the Circulation Desk before leaving campus. Marquette University will be closed Monday, December 24, through Tuesday, January 1.
We wish you a wonderful holiday break!
Law Library Services Hours
Thanksgiving Break - November 2012
Eckstein Law Library Services Hours for the Thanksgiving Holiday are as follows:
Tuesday, November 20: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday, November 21: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday, November 22: None
Friday, November 23: None
Sat/Sun, Nov 27/Nov 28: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Who is the new face at Circulation?
Meet Sophie Prange!
Sophie Prange, our new budget specialist, comes to us from the Wauwatosa Public Library, where she spent many years preparing fiscal reports, assisting the Director and staff, and supporting circulation activities. Within our Law Library, Sophie will be paying invoices, preparing fiscal reports, and reconciling law library financial reports with those of the University, in addition to supporting our circulation services. In her free time, Sophie can be found cheering on her favorite soccer teams, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and 3 amazing teen-age children. Sophie holds a B.A. Degree from St. Norbert College.
Course Reserves? Study Aids? Library Tour? Are you a 1L with questions about the law library?
Come to the 1L Law Library Reception and meet the people who can help!
Welcome to Ray & Kay Eckstein Law Library!
We invite all 1L students to join us in Room 433 on either Thursday, August 23rd, or Friday, August 24th, from 11:45 am - 1:15 pm. A light lunch will be served, and games and activities will be offered to introduce our resources and staff members. Drawings and prizes for correct answers include:
Full details are included in the blue library packet distributed during law school orientation.
Need help with your research when a reference librarian isn’t available?
Tap into the power of a research guide
Consider using one of our many research guides when you are away from the library or find yourself conducting legal research after Reference Service hours. The reference librarians prepare these research guides with students and public patrons in mind. These useful guides are tailored to the law library collection and contain links to the catalog and relevant subscription databases to facilitate the research process.
Two of our most recent guides are Federal Legislative History Guide and Native American Indian Research Guide. A complete list of guides is available on the Reference & Research Services link on the law library pages. We continue to add to our list of guides so check back from time to time. If you have an idea for a guide that is not listed, please contact Megan A. O’Brien.
Interested in what your professors are working on?
Explore the Faculty Collection
The Eckstein Law Library collects scholarly output by faculty members including books, book chapters, and law review articles.
The print Faculty Collection is located on two floors of the library. On the third floor, in the anteroom to the Aitken Reading Room, the glass display case houses recent and other featured faculty works. The larger part of the Faculty Collection is on the fourth floor near the top of the staircase and is organized alphabetically by faculty member.
These items may be used in the library but may not be checked out. Most faculty member articles are available online or in the periodicals collection on the fourth floor and second copies of many of the books in the Faculty Collection are available in the general library collection.
You’ve used self-checkouts at the grocery store - why not at the law library?
To check out a book after library service hours end, or from an upper floor without having to go to the 1st floor circulation desk, use the library self-checkout stations located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. The touch screen on the self-check stations will walk you through the process and print a receipt at the end of the transaction that lists the due date. Bring your book and your MUID card to any self-checkout station and conveniently checkout your library items. Questions or problems? Contact the Circulation Desk at (414) 288-7092.
Laptops available for checkout
Need to finish that seminar paper while your laptop is brought back to life?
Eckstein Law Library has a limited number of Mac and PC laptops available. Law students may borrow these for up to four days with one renewal.
Laptops are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Check laptop availability or call 414-288-7092 with questions.
Class Reserves Collection
To find items that your professor may have placed on Class Reserves, use MARQCAT and search by your professor’s last name.
Note the title of the reserve materials as listed in MARQCAT so that you may request the material from the Circulation Desk.
You may check out reserve items for 2 hours.
1L Library Orientation - August 2011
Congratulations to all students who participated in the library activities and contests at orientation. We hope that everyone who attended the orientation enjoyed lunch and had the opportunity to speak with at least one librarian. Anyone interested in a library tour who was unable to attend the library orientation should stop at the circulation desk to request one.
One lucky student won the grand prize: a $50 gift certificate to Mo’s Irish Pub. There were 21 other students who won prizes over the course of the two days. Prizes included Brewers tickets, MU coffee mugs, and gift certificates to local merchants.
Many students inquired of the correct number of ear plugs in the jar:
on the first day, the total number was 600;
on the second day, the total number was 476.
1L Library Orientation
Welcome to Ray & Kay Eckstein Law Library!
We invite all 1L students to join us in Room 433 on either Thursday, August 25th, or Friday, August 26th, from 12 noon - 1:15 pm. A light lunch will be served and a number of games and activities will be offered to introduce our resources and staff members. Drawings and prizes for correct answers include:
*Two sets of Brewers tickets
Full details are included in the blue library packet distributed during law school orientation on Tuesday, August 23rd.