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Alumni & Visitor Information


Welcome to Villanova Law Library!

To ensure that we have the needed materials and support available, visitors and alumni are asked to consult with a reference librarian before coming to campus. Please email or call 610-519-7020 and ask to speak to a reference librarian.

You may also wish to consult our online research guides such as Free Sites for Legal Research.


Please also see the Law Library Conduct Policy for expections for and limits on use of the library and its materials by community members and visitors.



  • Alumni of the Law School and other visitors are welcome to use the Law Library during regular business hours, please call for current hours. (Note that the library is not open during law school finals and special events.)
  • All visitors are asked to sign the visitors' log and show photo ID at the Circulation Desk when entering the Law Library.



  • Parking in University lots is by permit only.
  • Daily Parking Permits:
    • Parking permits may be arranged prior to visiting by calling  610-519-7020.
    • Vehicle license plate number and state information is needed for a parking permit.
    • Library staff issuing the permit will provide lot information.

Special Needs

  • Every level of the Law School and Law Library is accessible by elevator.
  • The Law Library elevator operates by swipe access.  Access swipe cards are available for borrowing at the Circulation Desk.
  • If other assistance is needed, please ask at the Circulation Desk.


Borrowing & Database Access

  • Borrowing privileges are extended to current Villanova Law students, faculty, and staff.  There are no borrowing privileges for law school alumni or visitors.
  • Reserve materials must be used only in the law library.  Requests for reserve materials are made at the Circulation Desk on the first level of the Law Library. 
  • Some of our online databases are only available to current Villanova Law students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Please consult with a Reference Librarian about available resources before visiting the law library.

Access to Federal Government Documents

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Certain libraries across the country, designated as “federal depository libraries,” receive regular shipments of federal government documents, such as congressional hearings, the Federal Register, agency reports, and the United States Code, among many others. Although some depository libraries receive copies of all government documents (these are known as regional depository libraries), most libraries that participate in the FDLP, including Villanova Law Library, are selective depository libraries, which carry only a selected portion of the full scope of government publications.

Many government documents are also available on the web. See this Basic List of FDLP materials available online or our Federal Court Locator Libguide for more information.

Additional federal government links:

For more information or assistance in using government documents, please call the Circulation Desk at 610-519-7020 and ask to speak to a reference librarian.