Library Facts-at-a-Glance

Supporting the Mission

As a law student, you will find yourself spending a considerable amount of time in the Libraries; and the level of resources, services and comfort the library provides should play a major factor in your choice of school. Some statistics presented here were taken from information that the American Bar Association collects about accredited law schools.

Statistics about volumes, titles and serials reflect the Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries' mission– making materials available to students and faculty in support of the curriculum, scholarship and research.

Volume Count

The Libraries have over 670,000 volumes and volume equivalents with an annual growth rate of over 17,000 volumes.

Title Count

The libraries have over 380,000 titles. Title count is a true indicator of the quality of a library's collection. Core materials are available at each location and these are enhanced with many additional titles on legal topics to support the curriculum.

Librarian Assistance

Cooley ranks 3rd out of 189 in the number of Librarians on its staff, with over 30 librarians many of whom have both law and library science degrees. Staffed 100 hours per week by Librarians, the Reference Desk supports legal research by answering questions, recommending research materials and strategies, and instructing patrons on the use of individual print and electronic sources. Additionally, students receive introductory training in the classroom on many of our resources.

Total Staff

Cooley ranks 4th out of 189 in the number of library staff with over 60 staff members.

Net Area

Combined, the Cooley Libraries are the largest academic law library in the country. Comfortable and spacious surroundings are ideal for studying.

Number of Seats

Our ability to provide study areas for large numbers of students is excellent. There are over 1000 seats available for students to use.


Many students prefer the isolated study space that a carrel, as compared to open seating, provides. The Cooley libraries provide over 300 carrels to its students.

Hours of Operation

We are open regularly a total of 124 hours a week and open more hours than any other Michigan law school. All Cooley students have access to Cooley Library services and resources at all locations. Additionally, the libraries have extended hours during exams. See the hour's page for a calendar of specific changes.

Total Budget

Cooley ranks 4th out of 189 law schools in its annual library budget. Cooley has a commitment to continued improvement of information resources. Students benefit by having an experienced staff and a wealth of resources available in which to learn and practice the law.

CoolCat—Online Catalog

CoolCat is the Libraries' Internet -based online catalog, providing author, title, keyword, and subject access to the Library's collection. The catalog is available on the Web at Public terminals throughout the Libraries provide access to CoolCat and other electronic resources.
Computing Facilities

The Libraries are wireless zones allowing the ability to access Cooley's network from a laptop. Additionally, there are computer labs and plug-in points that provide access to word processing, computer assisted legal research, and tutorial programs. Students have access to LEXIS, WESTLAW and several other online research systems such as Hein Online, Congressional Universe, and RIA Checkpoint.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a cooperative arrangement between libraries to make available to researchers material that is not owned by their "home" libraries. Cooley provides Interlibrary Loan services at no cost.

Circulation Desk

The Circulation Desk is the place to go for Group Study Room sign-up, picking up Interlibrary Loan materials, and much more. It also contains both Course Reserves (i.e., items that faculty members have placed there for the convenience of students) as well as general reserves (items in high demand).


Tours of the Library are given to prospective students by Cooley Admissions staff. Other tours can be arranged through the Admission's office.


Contact Us

Auburn Hills Campus [map]
(248) 751-7850
Reference - ext. 7702
Circulation - ext. 7701

Grand Rapids Campus [map]
(616) 301-6850
Reference - ext. 6822
Circulation - ext. 6923

Lansing Campus [map]
Brennan Law Library +
Center for Research and Study
(517) 371-5140
Reference - ext. 3111
Circulation - ext. 3100

Tampa Bay Campus [map]
(813) 419-5100
Reference - ext. 5121
Circulation - ext. 5120





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