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Using the Law Library

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Finding Books in the Library

Materials in the Widener University Libraries are classed according to the Library of Congress classification schedule.  You may perform a subject, author, or title search in the online library catalog ( to find materials in the Widener libraries.

You can also perform a keyword search.  A keyword search is a broader search and you will likely receive more hits than if you performed a subject specific search.


How to Use:

The default search will perform a keyword search. Just type your keywords in the search box and the catalog will find everything that has those words anywhere in the title or description of the item. Use the tabs to do and advanced search, search by title, or author. You can also search by call number, ISBN, and other identifying numbers.

Call Number:

Each item in the library has a call number, location, and status.  Please note these 3 things in your search results. The call number, in conjunction with the location tells you where and on which campus the item is located. The 3 campus locations are: Delaware (D), Harrisburg (H) and Wolfgram (M) for Main campus (Chester).  These library locations are further refined by internal locations such as Reference, Treatises, Stacks, Open Reserve, Closed Reserve, Microform, etc.


When the item you want appears in the list on the screen, click on the title. If the status is "check shelves," the item should be on the shelf.