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, including the Oakland County and Western Michigan community, conducting legal research and/or needing access to government documents (at the Lansing campus) are welcome. All visitors must register with Access Control upon entering the building.
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 "Patron Suggestions."
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 .
Library telephones are for staff use only.
To maintain a quiet study atmosphere for all students, turn off cell phones or set to vibrate when you are in the library. Lobbies may be used for calls.
Do not write, underline, mark in or mutilate Library materials. Damage to volumes requires replacement or rebinding which reduces the number of new books purchased. As a courtesy to others, please re-shelve library materials used.
Bare feet are not allowed in the Library. Feet are not allowed on Library furniture.
In order to create a pleasant and conducive learning environment, we request that all noise be kept to a minimum and discussions limited to essential matters .
Smoking or the use of any tobacco product is not permitted in the Library.
Copies may be purchased with your student papercut account via https://papercut.cooley.edu. Non WMU-Cooley 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. Scan 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.
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.
- Group study rooms are for the use of at least 2 or more persons. Only a group, or representative of a group, may sign out a room. The first and last names of all members of the group must be entered into the sign-up book. Room/group reservations are kept confidential.
- Individuals may take vacant rooms on a "first come, first served" basis, but individuals must always vacate for groups.
- Reservations are made for up to three hours per day per group. However you may be assigned shorter times during high use times and/or at the discretion of library staff.
- Reservations will be held until ten minutes past the hour the reservation is to begin. After that time, the room may be taken by another group.
- All students using a group study room must leave their current student identification card at the Circulation Desk when arriving for their scheduled room reservation.
- Do not move furniture from other areas of the Library into these rooms, or switch chairs among them.
- During weeks 14 and 15, currently enrolled students take priority over other categories of patrons.
- Laptops may be used anywhere in the Library.
- Unless using a laptop at a wired carrel or table, laptops must be powered with a battery pack.
- Extension cords may not be used across walkways. There are no exceptions to this rule. Cords strung across the floor may cause accidents.
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:
- Cans, or
- Open cups or mugs
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.
It is the policy of the WMU-Cooley Libraries that study carrels and/or tables may not be "reserved" by leaving one’s belongings unattended on them. 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.
The Library reserves the right to rescind this policy at any time.
Persons failing to comply with Library rules and policies may be asked to leave the Library.
These rules are subject to change without notice.