​History and Mission

The DePaul University College of Law Library occupies the 4th through 6th floors of the Lewis Center, located at 25 E. Jackson Blvd. The law library entrance is on the 5th floor. In October of 1998, the Law Library was dedicated to the memory of Vincent G. Rinn, a member of the College of Law’s class of 1931. The primary mission of the Rinn Law Library is to serve the research and study needs of the DePaul University community.

Access and Hours

As a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program, DePaul’s Rinn Law Library is open to the public.  Anyone entering the Library must either swipe their DePaul ID for access, or ring the bell, present a current photo ID and sign in at the Circulation Desk.

Law Library Hours

For a schedule of the Library’s current hours, please telephone the circulation desk (312) 362-8121, or visit the library website .


Generally, the Library is open as follows:

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday through Friday    8:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday                             9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday                               12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Summer Session

Monday  through Friday    8:00a.m.10:00p.m.      
Saturday                              9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday                                Closed

The Law Library is closed on New Year’s Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day, and on all other days that the University is officially closed.  Additionally, the Library is also closed on Sundays when the College of Law is not in regular academic session and during the summer.

General Information and Policies

  • Personal belongings and valuables should not be left unattended. Please report any suspicious activity to the Circulation Desk staff.
  • For security reasons, the Law Library has installed a system at the exit that causes an alarm to sound if a patron attempts to leave the library with material that has not been properly checked out.  Occasionally, certain briefcases, notebooks and other items containing metal may activate the alarm. If the alarm rings, please return to the circulation desk and comply with the requests of the attendant on duty.
  • The library maintains a “Lost and Found” at the circulation desk. Items not claimed within 24 hours are forwarded to the University’s Public Safety Office.
  • Books should be re-shelved in their proper location or placed on a nearby book cart when no longer needed.
  • Smoking, as well as carrying or consuming alcoholic beverages, is prohibited in all areas of the Law Library.
  • Beverages (non-alcoholic only) must be in covered, spill-proof containers.  Please limit consumable food to pre-packaged snacks, or small pieces of fruit. Smelly or greasy food, which can damage the books and furnishings, is prohibited. Please remember to place all trash or garbage in an appropriate receptacle.
  • Stealing, hiding or damaging books, or any other Library material, is a violation of the DePaul College of Law Honor Code and of Illinois state law.
  • Cell phones are not to be used in the Library.  Ringers should be placed on silent, or vibrate, so as not to disturb other patrons. If you receive a call, please step outside of the Library to have your conversation. Law Library phones are not available for patron use.


The Law Library is a place for quiet study and research.  Please keep conversations and unnecessary noise to a minimum.

Computer Access

The University provides wireless access within the Law Library.  Additionally, The College of Law Computer Lab is located in room 513 in the Law Library.  The lab is for the use of College of Law students, faculty and staff. The Lab has networked workstations that provide access to Lexis and Westlaw, Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) exercises, word processing software and the Internet.  Please note that any unauthorized use of Lexis and Westlaw is a violation of the Honor Code.

Law students have access to several other University computer labs throughout the Loop Campus. For an up to date listing, please see the following: 


Network Printers

For your convenience, DePaul University uses Intelliprint, a print monitoring system that utilizes student ID cards for initialing print jobs. Students pay for printing as needed through Demon Express on their ID cards. The system was designed to protect the environment and control excessive paper use, thereby reducing costs that can affect tuition prices. There are 3 Intelliprint stations in the Law Library and a Value Transfer Station (VTS) in room 402.

Wireless Printing

The ability to print wirelessly to the Intelliprint system using iPrint from Anywhere is currently available for students with compatible laptops. With iPrint from Anywhere you can print directly from your laptop without first having to transfer documents to DePaul's lab computers in order to print.  Please visit the following IS web page for updates and details.


Conference/Group Study Rooms

There are fourteen conference rooms in the Law Library. These rooms are typically unlocked at the beginning of the day and are available on a first-come first serve basis. Law students are afforded priority in the use of these rooms. On occasion, library staff will reserve a room for official library business and will post a notice or sign on the door.

Copy Machines

The Law Library has four photocopiers, three of which have duplexers and a paper feeder attached. Copies are ten cents per page. The photocopiers do not accept cash. You must use a Demon Express copy card or DePaul ID.   To purchase or add money to a copy card, use the DePaul Value Transfer Station located in Copy room 402.  The Value Transfer Station machine accepts $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills . Alternatively, you can add money to your Demon Express account via Campus Connect using a credit card. Please report any photocopier problems to the circulation desk staff.

Media Facilities

There are two media rooms available for DePaul University College of Law students to use for video-taping, interactive video sessions and to view curriculum-related videotapes.  These media rooms are located on the 5th floor.  To reserve a room, please visit the circulation desk or telephone (312) 362-6892.

Circulation Services (312) 362-6892

The Circulation desk is located to the right of the entrance to the Law Library.  Circulation desk staff is available whenever the Library is open. They assist students and other patrons in checking out and renewing general circulation materials, locating reserve materials, accepting reservations for library media rooms and research carrels and in answering general questions about the library.

Circulation and Renewal Policies

  • TREATISES (i.e. books) circulate for 28 days (3 renewals possible)
  • JOURNALS (bound and unbound) circulate for 24 hours (with 2 renewals possible)
  • RESERVE MATERIALS (e.g. hornbooks, nutshells, IICLE handbooks, faculty course materials, old exams) circulate for 1, 3 or 24 hours. 1 and 3 hour items are not renewable; however   24-hour items can be renewed twice.  Treatises can be renewed online using the DePaul/I-Share Catalog. All other items must be renewed by circulation desk staff, or by telephone (312) 362-6892.


Overdue charges are calculated based on the Law Library's fine policy. Borrowers will be charged the replacement cost of non-returned materials, a processing fee and any overdue fines. Delinquent borrowers are subject to having their borrowing privileges revoked.  Additionally, registration for classes or graduation may be blocked.

Electronic Reserves

Selected faculty reserve materials and old law school examinations are available electronically at:


This material is password protected.  To obtain the password, please contact the circulation desk staff, at (312)362-6892.

Research Carrels

The Law Library maintains research carrels with lockable shelves for use by faculty research assistants and members of the Moot Court Society, DePaul Law Review and other DePaul journals.  Carrels are available for one semester.  To obtain a carrel, a student must provide the Circulation Manager with a letter from a College of Law faculty member, or a journal editor requesting a carrel assignment for the student.  Selected materials can be checked out to an assigned carrel for sixteen weeks, but these materials may not be removed from the Library.

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loan (ILL) service is available to College of Law students, faculty and staff.   The Library staff will attempt to borrow books or obtain copies of journal articles for academic research purposes if a needed item is unavailable at any DePaul library; and cannot be requested directly by you.    Information on making an ILL request is available at the following website: http://www.law.depaul.edu/library/student_services/interlibrary_loan.asp

Borrowers are personally responsible for any charges assessed by the lending library and for any damage to or loss of ILL materials.

Reference Services (312) 362-6894

The Reference Desk is located to the left of the fifth floor entrance to the Law Library. Reference librarians are available to assist in the location and use of the Library’s print and electronic resources.

During the academic year when the College of Law is in session reference desk service hours are:

Monday - Thursday                         9:00 a.m.  -  9:00 p.m.
Friday                                                9:00 a.m.  -  5:00 p.m.
Saturday                                           10:00 a.m. -  5:00 p.m.
Sunday                                              12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Reference assistance is also available by way of Instant Messaging; E-Chat; Email and Texting. For details, see the following Library website for information.

The Law Library Collection

The Law Library collection supports the instructional and research activities of the DePaul College of Law and the University in general. The print collection consists principally of materials relating to Anglo-American law, including the law of the United States; its individual states and territories; Canada and Great Britain.

The collection also includes a comprehensive collection of law school and bar journals and other major secondary sources such as treatises, legal encyclopedias and selected study aids.  Substantively, the collection has strong subject concentrations in taxation, constitutional law, health law, and human rights law and church-state relations.

The collection is located on three floors:

  • The fourth floor includes subject treatises, state materials, health law and foreign law.
  • The fifth floor includes reference, reserve, and federal materials, including hearings of 30 selected Congressional Committees.
  • The sixth floor includes law reviews and international and comparative law sources.
  • In addition to the print collection, the Library subscribes to or provides access to many online resources.   Access to these databases is available through the Library web page.

Classification and Location of Materials in the Law Library

The Law Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system, a subject arrangement, which consists of one or more letters of the alphabet, followed by a series of numbers.  The following LC classifications are most common in the Law Library:

​H Economics, Sociology​ 6th Floor​
J​ Political Science​ ​6th Floor
J2​ ​International Relations ​6th Floor
K1-30​ ​Legal Periodicals 6th Floor​
KD​ Law of the United Kingdom​ ​6th Floor
KE​ ​Law of Canada ​6th Floor
KF1-127​ ​Law of the United States - Federal ​5th Floor
KF131-9999​ ​Law of the United States - By Subject ​4th Floor
KFA-KFX​ ​Law of Individual States and Cities ​4th Floor
KG-KZ​ ​Foreign and international Law ​4th Floor
PN-PZ​ ​Law and Literature ​6th Floor
R​ ​Medicine ​4th Floor

Locating Material Using the DePaul Library Catalog

The online DePaul Library Catalog can be used to locate and/or requests books,   journal articles and other library materials from DePaul and 75 other Illinois libraries.  The Law Library has four public access terminals located near its reference desk.  The DePaul Library catalog can also be accessed from any computer that has Internet access.  For assistance using the Library catalog, contact a reference librarian.

Locating Journal Articles

The Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, Current Law Index and several other print journal indices are located on the 6th floor Index Table.  Online journal indexes and selected full-text databases such as LegalTrac and HeinOnline are available through the Library’s web page.

Most of the Library’s print collection of law school journals is classified K1 to K30 and shelved alphabetically by title on the 6th floor. Subject journals are classified and shelved with other material on the same subject.  Bound journals are shelved in the open stacks.  Recent and unbound journal issues are kept behind the Circulation Desk.  To determine if DePaul owns a specific title, use the DePaul / I-Share online catalog, or contact the reference desk.

Other DePaul libraries

All DePaul University Libraries are open to College of Law students and faculty.  The College of Commerce (i.e., the “Loop”) Library is located on the tenth floor of the DePaul Center. A shuttle delivers materials between the Loop and Lincoln Park campus libraries on weekdays.