The Law Library and Legal Research

Robert Smith, University of Michigan


This issue of the Research News continues a series on the University libraries, which began in 1965 with three consecutive issues on the General Library, the Undergraduate Library, and the Clements Library, respecitively. In the present issue, devoted to the Law Library, we will attempt to place the Library in the perspective of the discipline that it serves. To do this, we shall briefly discuss legal research and indicate some of the reasons for its great value. We shall then show, in general, how law libraries serve legal researchers and, in particular, how the University's Law Library is set up for service. Finally. we shall trace the development of legal research in the University's Law School and give an indication of its current vigor and distinction.