General Policy and Guide


Welcome! The WMU-Cooley Law Libraries, located on the Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids campuses in Michigan, and the Tampa Bay campus in Florida, are open to all WMU-Cooley students, faculty, and staff, alumni, members of the bar, and law students from other schools with valid school identification. Members of the public conducting legal research or needing access to government documents (available at the Lansing campus) are welcome. All visitors must register with Access Control upon entering the building.

Cell Phones

To maintain a quiet study atmosphere for all students, turn cell phones off or set to vibrate when you are in the library. You may use the lobby areas for calls.


Do not write, underline, mark in or destroy library materials.


Food and Drink Policy

Please help us preserve the WMU-Cooley Library collections and facilities.

Eating is not allowed in the Library except in posted areas. Violators will be asked to dispose of their food immediately or leave the library. Repeat offenders will be reported to the Associate Dean of Students and/or have their library privileges revoked.

You may drink from any covered containers with a cap or lid.

Types of containers not allowed include:

The Library staff reserves the right to approve or disapprove of any questionable beverage container.

If you observe a spill, please notify a Library staff member.

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed, even in approved containers.

Group Study Rooms

Group study rooms may be reserved by currently enrolled WMU-Cooley students or by WMU-Cooley graduates who are registered in a WMU-Cooley sponsored bar preparatory course or other special program.


Laptop Use



The Library reserves the right to rescind or change these rules and policies without notice.

Persons failing to comply with library rules and policies may be asked to leave the library.



In order to maintain a pleasant learning environment conducive to studying, we request that all noise be kept to a minimum and discussions limited to essential matters.


Personal Property

Please do not leave personal property, especially valuables such as purses, wallets, brief cases, or laptops unattended in the Library.  The Library assumes no responsibility for patrons' personal property.

Patrons may be asked to disclose the contents of their briefcases, portfolios, book carriers, etc. by a library attendant.


Copies may be purchased with your student papercut account via Non WMU-Cooley library patrons, may create a guest papercut account at one of the public library terminals and add value to their account via a credit car or PayPal.

All library patrons may use the book and document scanner at no cost to scan pages to email or download to a USB drive. Scanning to Google Drive works for private Gmail accounts only.

Requests for assistance with using the photocopier and scanner should be directed to the circulation or reference desks. The library is not responsible for maintaining and servicing machines.

Scanning/copying is to be done in compliance with federal copyright laws.



We welcome your suggestions and questions about the library collection, services, and policies. Suggestions may be input on the main menu screen of CoolCat, our online catalog, by clicking on "How Are We Doing?"


Library phones may only be used with staff permission.


Unattended Belongings

WMU-Cooley Libraries study carrels and tables may not be "reserved" by leaving one’s belongings unattended. This includes times when you are in class or out of the building.

The Library reserves the right to remove your belongings if we believe they have been left unattended for an extended period of time.

Persons failing to comply with Library rules and policies may be subject to disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, the loss of library privileges.


Policies & Services

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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