Student Resources

Research Assistance

Librarians are available for consultation at the reference desk Monday - Friday and on Sundays during the fall and spring semesters.


Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday - No Reference
Sunday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM


  • Reference Emailreference@law.villanova.edu.  Messages are handled by the reference librarians during regular business hours.
  • Appointments - Reference Librarians are available for individual appointments.  See the Library Staff Directory for contact information.
  • Access to other university libraries – if you would like to visit the library of another university to use materials not available on campus or through interlibrary loan, please ask one of the law librarians to assist you in contacting the library and arranging for access.

Villanova Law Library - Matthew McGovern, Karen Gause, Casey Romero

Electronic Information Sources

  • Law Databases – This list contains links to the databases most often used by law students.
  • Villanova University e-Journal Finder – This search the University’s online journal subscriptions.  (NOTE: does not cover materials available through Bloomberg Law, Lexis, Westlaw, CCH Intelliconnect or RIA Checkpoint)
  • Villanova University Databases A-Z – This list contains links to the databases available to all Villanova students.

Print Information Sources

  • Law Library Catalog – Search the location and status of all the print materials in the Library’s collection.
  • Villanova University Library Catalog – Search the location and status of all the materials in Falvey Library’s collection.
  • WorldCat – Search for detailed information about materials held by libraries throughout the world.  Worldcat is often used to determine whether nearby libraries have a particular book, journal or report.  It is also useful for identifying the exact title, author, publisher and/or publication date of an item not found in the Law Library or University Library catalog.

Research Guides

  • Law Library Research Guides – These guides identify the best topic-related information sources available in the Law Library’s print and electronic resources.
  • Villanova University Subject Guides – These guides identify the best topic-related information sources available in Falvey Library’s print and electronic resources.

Borrowing & Interlibrary Loan

  • Law students may borrow print materials from the Law Library for 28 days.
  • Law students also have borrowing privileges at Falvey Library, the main University library.
  • Books and articles not available on campus may be requested through interlibrary loan.  Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted electronically using the interlibrary loan form.

Study Rooms & Study Aids

  • There are five study rooms in the Library: one on the Lower Level and two each on the Second and Third Floors.  Two or more students may reserve a study room by entering their names in the study room binder found at the Circulation Desk.
  • A selection of useful hornbooks and law summaries as well as several Bluebooks and copies of Black’s law dictionary are kept on Reserve and may be checked-out for limited periods of time at the Circulation Desk.
  • Head phones, ethernet cords and dry-erase markers for use in Library study rooms are available at the Circulation Desk.

Computers & Printing

  • Twelve computers are available for student use within the Library.  Four are located on each of the first, second and third floors of the Library.  Use of the Law Library computer facilities is limited to Villanova Law students by password login to the network.
  • A University Information Technology Services (UNIT) office is conveniently located through the doorway facing the Library Reference Desk on the first floor.
  • Print/copy machines are located on each floor of the Library.  See the library map for the location of the machines on each floor.
    • The print/copy machines are Wildcard-operated.  Each student will be allocated 1,000 free pages per semester.
    • Additional pages will be available via charge to the student's Wildcard for 5 cents per copy.
    • There are two Lexis printers in the print/copy room on the second floor of the Library.  There is no cost to use the Lexis printers.  Students must send print jobs to the Lexis printers using the print command from their Lexis account.

To see past exams of VLS professors, go to the Exam Database

Reference Desk Hours:

Sun: 1 - 6 PM
Mon - Thur: 9 AM - 8 PM
Fri: 9 AM - 5 PM
Sat: No Reference

For resources related to studying and exam preparation, click here