Kresge Law Library

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The Kresge Law Library holds more than 420,000 print volumes of legal texts, along with digital access to millions of journal articles, cases and other documents through our numerous digital database subscriptions. But perhaps what the Law Library is most known for is its grand Reading Room, which awes with its two-story open archways and third floor wrap-around balcony. 

Filled with study carrels and large tables, the library serves as an academic hub for the Law School. During the weeks leading up to finals, you'll find a steady stream of scholars populating the tables and carrels. The law library faculty and staff are ready and more than willing to help you with legal research for your courses or other questions related to class work or writing. 

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Scholarship Archive

NDLScholarship is the institutional archive for the Law School. It collects and maintains publications, scholarship and other archival material from NDLS for the global community.

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Public Hours

The Kresge Law Library is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, though special exceptions are made during finals weeks at the end of each semester, where the library is reserved for law students only. 

Federal Depository Library Program

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Patrons who are not Notre Dame Law School students and who require access to the collection, including U.S. federal documents obtained by the library through its participation in the Federal Depository Library Program, may access the collection during regular business hours, including examination periods.

Electronic versions of most publications of the US Federal government are available at the Federal Digital System (FdSys) site. Those Electronic titles chosen by the Kresge Library appear in our catalog with links to the sources. If you access these sources at the computers near the Circulation Desk, you may print from those sources as needed.

Patrons requiring assistance with Federal Depository Library Program materials during times when the library is not open to the general public may call 631-5993 or email at

For more information, see the Kresge Law Library’s Government Documents Collection Policy.