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Law Library Launches New Web Site

JANUARY 12, 2010—The Law Library is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned Web site at http://library.law.umn.edu.

The new site features links to popular research databases and resources, library news, and new-acquisition announcements directly from the home page.

The seventh largest law library in the nation, the Law Library celebrated acquisition of its millionth volume in 2004 and has continued adding more than 4,000 print titles each year.

In addition, it has long been a leader in the use of technology to share its resources, and its efforts to convert print collections into electronic format are ongoing and expanding. Users have access to electronic documents numbering in the millions through holdings of the Law Library, those of the greater University of Minnesota library system, and interlibrary loans.

The Law Library is the gateway to the University’s Human Rights Library, a collection of more than 85,000 core human rights documents in digital format, available in nine languages and accessed by more than 250,000 researchers from around the globe each month.

It is also home to the Riesenfeld Rare Book Research Center, a unique and extensive collection of early English and American law, American Indian treaties, Czarist Russia legal documents, rare 19th century Chinese law materials, and much more.

The Law Library is dedicated to serving students, faculty, and other researchers. Law students have 24/7 access to numerous computerized research systems and class materials, as well as to the library itself. Other amenities include individual assistance, training sessions, seminars in advanced legal research, and, on occasion, even hot chocolate.

The new Web site is one more advancement in the Law Library’s mission to provide outstanding support and access to its materials. The objective of the site redesign is to enhance users’ ability to locate and view information about the services available and the complex array of electronic databases and traditional resources that make up the Law Library.

Special thanks go to Professor of Legal Research Instruction Vicente Garces, Web Developer Dale Trexel, and Web Developer and Administrator Timothy Fay for their contributions to the new Web site.

Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please email them to law-reference@umn.edu.