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Collection Development 

Faculty members are encouraged to assist the Law Library in developing its collections.  Director Tom French would be pleased to schedule a formal review of your subject area and develop an organized approach to collection building in this area.

Titles Purchased From Faculty Research Accounts

The Law Library will assist you in purchasing research materials from your faculty research account.  When you make a request for an office copy through your Liaison Librarian, please specify that the item is for your office use and should be charged to your faculty research account.

Selective Dissemination of Information

The Law Library will notify you when titles that you have requested become available.  Further, if you have a special interest in particular topics, please ask your Liaison Librarian to notify you about relevant new arrivals related to your interests. You can check the status of any order by searching the online public catalog, SUMMIT, by title. The status of the item can be found under "Call number" in the catalog record.


The Law Library does not purchase casebooks. However, you may request an Examination copy of a casebook by writing to the publisher. In your letter to the publisher, you should include the course(s) you are teaching or plan to teach using the book (courses should be related to the topic of the casebook!). Also, publishers strongly prefer to receive requests on Faculty stationery.

New Acquisitions Bulletin

A list of new materials purchased during the past month is published each month on the Law Library's website.  

About SUMMIT, the University Online Catalog

Our integrated online catalog, SUMMIT, can be accessed through the Internet without password or access restrictions at the Law Library's web site.   SUMMIT indexes licensed and non-licensed electronic sources acquired by the Law Library and the Syracuse University Library. Remote access to these resources is available using NetID logins. Please see our Remote Access to Electronic Resources web page for additional information.

If you have questions or would like individualized training, please contact Gregory Ewing, Assistant Director for Faculty & Outreach Services at 443-9569 or gewing@law.syr.edu