As a physical facility for focused study, a virtual world of information and resources, and an access point for intellectual engagement, the Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library is the intellectual hub of the UCLA School of Law. With its world-class collection and cutting-edge resources, wide array of services, and beautiful and inviting space, the Law Library is deeply committed to the Law School’s research and teaching missions.
Owning more than 600,000 print volumes and over 30,000 electronic titles, the Law Library, despite its relative youth, holds one of most comprehensive and important collections of legal materials in California. The Law Library collection enriches every facet of the Law School, from its innovative and dynamic curriculum to its unparalleled range of programs and centers.
Much of the library’s value to the community resides its beautiful and inviting physical space, which allows for quiet contemplation and study, as well as the generation and transmission of ideas. Students are drawn to the library by the panoramic views overlooking the Santa Monica Mountains, residential areas, and central campus, with vistas getting more dramatic at each level. The Tower Reading Room, with its spectacular 360 degree views of the city, cherry wood baffle ceiling, and magnificent bronze chandelier serves as a refuge for quiet study.
We are particularly proud of our highly skilled and deeply experienced team of professional librarians and staff. Most of the librarians on our reference team also have JDs (many from UCLA) and several teach courses in the Law School; therefore, they are well-qualified to shepherd students through the law school experience. Our Library Research Assistant Program is the most extensive program of its kind in the country. Under the program, the library hires, trains, and supervises all of the law student research assistants for the Law School’s tenure-track faculty. Through this program, RAs receive intensive research training and an opportunity to work closely with a leading legal scholar.
In addition, we always welcome suggestions for new services and materials from the Law School community and are dedicated to assisting students in making the most productive use of their time in the Library and the Law School.