Library Services to WMU-Cooley Law School Alumni

Library Services to WMU-Cooley Law School Alumni

Library Services to Alumni

Document Delivery Service

For a nominal fee, the Western Michigan University Thomas M. 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 federal copyright laws in making these requests. For additional information or to place an order, call (517) 371-5140, ext. 3100.


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 website at 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.


  • Full access to Bloomberg Law for six months after you graduate
  • Full access to Lexis Advanced based on your graduation date; May-December 31, September-June 30, January-June 30
  • Full access to Westlaw on the following schedule; May-November 30, September-November 30, January-May 31 


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, show your 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, 300 South Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 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.

Staff 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 serves as your library card.

With your status updated, you are able to check out any circulating library item, including reserve materials. The Library purchases many items especially useful to the newer attorney.

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, Lansing, MI. Visit the Alumni page for more information.

Reference Services

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 e-mail reference service, Ask A Librarian, is 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.


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Lansing, Michigan 48933 
(517) 371-5140

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