Library Collections

For a complete description of the collections available on each floor of the library, please consult Maps & Locations.

The Goodson Law Library, with more than 625,000 volumes, serves not only as a library for the law community but also the university and the local legal community. The library collection is a major research resource, featuring comprehensive coverage of United States primary legal materials: reported decisions of federal and state courts, current and retrospective collections of federal and state codes and session laws, and regulatory and administrative materials, all accessible electronically and in print.

Our extensive and continuously-expanding collection of legal treatises covers all areas of law, as well as history, economics, government and other disciplines with strong intersections to law. Special treatise collections are maintained in several areas, including the George C. Christie Jurisprudence Collection, the Cox Legal Fiction collection, and the Special Collections housed in the Floyd M. and Marguerite F. Riddick Room. The library is also a selective depository for United States federal government publications, with a focus on congressional and administrative law materials.

In addition to its Anglo-American holdings, the library maintains substantial research collections in foreign, comparative and international law. The foreign and comparative law collection is extensive in coverage, with long-standing concentrations in European law and business law materials, and growing collections in Asian and Latin American law. The international law collection provides primary source and treatise material on both private and public international law topics.