Reference Services - John E Jaqua Law Library

Reference Services

Walk-in and Telephone Reference

The Reference Desk is located on the 2d floor, near the Checkout/Reserve/Information Desk. During reference hours, there is a reference librarian available to assist with research strategies, and the location and use of information sources. The telephone number for Reference is 346-1654.

The Reference Desk is staffed during the regular academic year, beginning the day Fall Semester classes begin. Hours during the regular academic year are:

Monday - Wednesday: 10am - 8pm
Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 1pm - 5pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm

During Summer and at other times when the Reference Desk is not staffed, Library users should ask at the Checkout/Reserve/Information Desk to determine the availability of reference help.

Individual Research Consultation

Law students and faculty are also encouraged to consult with law librarians by appointment.

E-Mail Reference

Reference help is available from law librarians by emailing

Instant Messaging (IM)

Reference help is available from law librarians via IM during the law library's reference desk hours when possible. Just click on the chat box found at the "Ask a Librarian" link at the top of this page!

Note: You'll find a similar "Ask a Librarian" link if you go into the UO Local Catalog (e.g. see below), but because that's a University-wide resource, the librarians you'll be IM'ing are not law librarians.  The "Ask a Librarian" and "Law Databases" links found with these law library web pages all include IM options for reaching law librarians.

IM is best used for questions with brief answers. As appropriate, longer or more complex reference transactions may be continued by phone or email, or in person with a librarian.

Law Reference Collection

The Law Reference Collection is located behind the Reference Desk, and consists of dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks and some bibliographies. Material in this collection can be found in the UO Libraries Catalog, marked as "LawRef".

NO legal advice

The reference staff cannot interpret or explain the law to you or advise you on what laws apply to your situation. We cannot give such legal advice because it would constitute the unauthorized practice of law.

Created by dkhaas on Jun 18, 2012. Last updated Jun 20, 2014.