Members of the Bar
Welcome to the WMU-Cooley Law Libraries. It is our pleasure to be able to assist you in your legal research needs. With libraries in Lansing, Grand Rapids and Auburn Hills, Michigan and Tampa Bay, Florida, we offer members of the Bar three separate locations across the state of Michigan and one in Florida in which to conduct research. A combined collection of over one-half a million volumes and nearly ten miles of shelving serve as an unbelievable treasure trove for the legal researcher.
To gain admittance to the libraries, you will be requested to show your state's Bar card at the Access Control Desk upon entering the building.
It is the policy of the WMU-Cooley law libraries to circulate materials to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of any state Bar association. Some materials do not circulate and all items are subject to recall. Please see the policies page for more information regarding our circulation policies.
CoolCat is the name of our libraries' catalog where you will be able to search for books, journals, recordings, videos, web sites and newspapers. CoolCat allows you to conduct keyword, title, author, subject, call number and advance searches. Computer terminals are located throughout the libraries. If you need assistance with the catalog, do not hesitate to request assistance from a reference librarian. Search CoolCat now.
The library subscribes to a variety of online resources and databases. Most sources are IP based and available only from a WMU-Cooley networked PC. To view a list and description of the electronic resources available to you, please visit our Electronic Resources page.
The Libraries' reference staff are available to offer assistance to you in your research by locating and/or identifying new sources of possible interest to you given your particular request. Professional librarians are able to assist you seven days a week at any location. Please see our Ask A Librarian's page for hours and methods of contacting us.
To further assist you in your research, the WMU-Cooley Librarians have created and maintain a number of research guides on a variety of legal topics. The annotated research guides attempt to assist researchers in identifying useful print, electronic and internet sources pertinent to their legal issue. List of Research guides.
For a nominal fee, the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law Libraries provides 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, please visit our Document Delivery page.
Food is not permitted inside the Libraries and may be confiscated along with beverages in containers not approved by the administration. Please see the policies page for more information regarding the libraries' policies