As a graduate of the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School you are offered many of the Library privileges you enjoyed as a student.
To gain admittance to the Library, simply show your new Alumni ID card to the Access Control monitor stationed in the lobby. If you do not have an Alumni ID, go to Printing and Postal Services on the first floor of the Cooley Center located at 300 South Capitol Avenue and one will be made for you at no cost. PPS staff is available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to assist you.
The technicians at the Circulation desk will update your patron status to "Alum" in CoolCat, the Law Library's online catalog . Barcodes are automatically printed on your Alumni ID, and this will serve as your library card.
With your status updated, you will be able to check out any circulating library item, including Reserve materials and audiotapes. The Library purchases many items which are especially useful to the newer attorney.
As a graduate of WMU-Cooley, you have access to our entire print and microform collection. CoolCat, the online catalog, is available twenty-four hours a day via our web site at http://library.cooley.edu. However, alumni should be aware that the Computer Lab facilities are available to currently enrolled students only due to the limited number of available workstations.
The Libraries have librarian staff who are happy to help you with your research questions. The Reference Desk is staffed seven days a week during the school term, and the Library is open 106 hours per week for your convenience. Our virtual reference service, Ask A Librarian, is also available 24 hours a day, through the CoolCat webpage and in a national first we have a toll free reference number: 1-866-REF-DESK (733-3375) where you may reach us from anywhere in the United States.
Full law school access to WESTLAW is available to you until you graduate. Upon graduation the WESTLAW password assigned to you as a student expires. You will need to request a new password from Career Services. You will only have access to Westlaw's career databases. Visit the Career Services page for more information.
Full law school access to LEXIS is continued until graduation. Upon graduation you will need to contact Career Services to obtain a new access code. You will only have access to a LEXIS's career databases. Visit the Career Services page for more information.
For a nominal fee, the Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law Libraries provide a document delivery service for members of the Bar. When you use this service, be sure to supply us with a complete citation. You must also agree to comply with the federal copyright laws in making these requests. For additional information or to place an order, call (517) 371-5140, ext. 3100.
You are encouraged to contact the Alumni Relations Office if you have any questions or comments regarding alumni issues which do not relate to Library use, call the toll-free Alumni Hotline, (800) 243-ALUM, email the office, or visit the Alumni Relations Office located on the tenth floor of the Cooley Center at 300 South Capitol Avenue. Visit the Alumni page for more information.