Introduction to legal research

2. Law Library and your Librarian

Image showing each level of the library
Image showing the Law Library reading room (level 2), print collection (level 3), and individual study space (level 4)

Law libraries have always been essential for legal research as one of the few places that collect the case law and legislation needed by lawyers, judges and academics.

The Library is to us what a laboratory is to the chemist or the physicist, and what the museum is to the naturalist (CC Langdell, The Law Library: 49th Annual Report of the President and Treasurer 1873-74, 63, 67).

Nowadays, although the law library still houses the print collection, it also provides a range of online resources for students and staff and a variety of study spaces for individual and group study.

The Walter Harrison Law Library is spread across three floors of the Forgan Smith building. The Library is a 24/7 space. You can learn more about using the Library by looking at the study success module.

Forgan Smith (Building #1), UQ St Lucia Campus

Your Librarian and library staff

Remember, if you have questions about legal research, legal referencing, or library services more generally, you are always welcome to talk with your law librarian or contact us via email, telephone or chat.

Contact your Librarian