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Overview of Resources and Services

Collections and Catalog

The DCLI shares its catalog with the Allegheny County Law Library (ACLL) and Gumberg Library, the main university library. Duquesne Law faculty and students can borrow materials from all three libraries. A courier service delivers items from the ACLL on request. (Contact Nancy Brewer for more information.) The DCLI also provides a free interlibrary loan service for books and articles that are not part of our collection.

The DCLI's catalog contains records for books and other resources, including treatises that are part of Westlaw and Lexis Advance.  Search options include the following:

  • QuickSearch Catalog and Catalog Plus: QuickSearch Catalog Plus includes records from millions of journal articles, popular journals, electronic books, and other materials. QuickSearch Catalog, on the other hand, is limited to primarily books and related materials. 
  • SOLCAT: A classic version of the catalog that provides a streamlined search experience.
  • The Advanced Search Form: A form to help you properly craft searches in QuickSearch.
  • The E-Journal Search and Citation Linker: A tool that allows for access the full text of journal articles contained in HeinOnline (or other non-legal databases) if you have a citation.

Please note that you can log on to your DCLI account to renew materials. A copy of the DCLI's circulation policies is provided here. Finally, here is a location guide indicating where to find commonly used materials in the print collection. 


Databases and Research Guides

An A-Z List of Databases is provided on the DCLI's LibGuides site. The DCLI created a number of Research Guides that can also be found on the site. In addition to overview guides covering resources in various areas of law, there are guides to Treatises and Practice MaterialsForms and Sample DocumentsNews and Current Awareness ResourcesTeaching and Scholarship Resources, and Wellness Resources, among other topics.


Course Reserves

Reserve materials generally consist of materials placed on reserve by faculty members for the use of students in a particular class. They may be checked out for two hours. You can search for course reserve material by professor or instructor name or by course name. Faculty members who are interested in placing materials on reserve should contact Chuck Sprowls (412.396.1133).


Group Study Rooms

The DCLI has a number of group study rooms. These rooms may be checked out using the online LibCal system up to five days in advance. They can be checked-out in four-hour blocks, and each study group is limited to a single four-hour block per day. A group that is more than 15 minutes late will be deemed to have surrendered its reservation. The study rooms are locked and you must check out a key at the Information Desk.