Services to the General Public & Other Law School Students

Welcome to the WMU-Cooley Law Libraries. The Brennan Law Library (Lansing Campus) of the Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a congressionally designated depository for U.S. Government Documents. Public access to the government documents is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 of the U.S.C.).

It is our pleasure to be able to assist you in your legal research needs. With libraries in multiple locations, we offer the general public and students from other law schools access to a wealth of information in which to conduct research. A combined collection of over 700,000 volumes and many miles of shelving serve as a treasure trove for the legal researcher.


All visitors must register with Access Control upon entering the building.


Borrowing Privileges

The libraries do not provide borrowing privileges to the general public or to students of other law schools. The materials must be used within the libraries.


Electronic Resources

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.


Food and Drink

Food is not permitted inside the libraries and may be confiscated along with beverages in non-approved containers. Open cans, paper and styrofoam cups without lids are not permitted. Travel mugs are permitted. Please see the policies page for more information regarding the libraries' policies.


Library Policies

Please visit our policies page for further information.


Online Catalog

CoolCat is the libraries' catalog where you are able to search for books, journals, recordings, videos, websites 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.


Reference & Assistance

The Libraries' professional reference staff offer assistance to you in your research by locating or identifying new sources of interest to you. Please see our Ask A Librarian's page for hours and methods of contacting us.

Legal and ethical codes prohibit librarians from giving legal advice or opinion, or from interpreting sources of legal authority. Library staff may not perform legal research, offer legal advice, or choose legal forms for patrons. For these reasons, law library staff are limited to suggesting library materials that might be helpful to you, assist you in locating these materials, and showing you how to find information in them.

You may wish to consult one of the agencies listed below if you are in need of further assistance:


ABA Find Legal Help


Bay Area Legal Aid

Florida Legal Services

Free Legal Aid in Tampa

Gulf Coast Legal Services


Detroit Free Legal Aid Clinic

Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan

Elder Law of Michigan

Estate Planning Clinic, WMU-Cooley Law School

Family Law Assistance Project, WMU-Cooley Law School

Farmworker Legal Services of Michigan

Finding Legal Aid, Legal Services & Dispute Resolution in Michigan

FirstStep--Western Wayne and Downriver Wayne County

Grand Rapids Bar Association - Lawyer Referral and Information Service

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit

Lakeshore Legal Aid

Lawyer Referral

Legal Aid for Children

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

Legal Assistance Center (Kent County)

Legal Services of South Central Michigan

Michigan Indian Legal Services

Michigan Legal Assistance Network - Guide to Civil Legal Aid in Michigan

Michigan Legal Services

Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance

Michigan Poverty Law Program

Michigan State Bar Foundation

Public Access to Legal Information (help to do your own research)

Rental Housing Clinic at Michigan State - DCL

Sixty Plus, Inc. Elderlaw Clinic at Cooley Law School (Services for Seniors)

Wayne County Neighborhood Legal Services


Research Guides

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 assist researchers in identifying useful print, electronic and internet sources pertinent to their legal issue. List of Research Guides.



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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