The Law Library is proud to offer a variety of services to our alums. Below is a list of resources and services that are available to any alum. Feel free to contact a librarian to ask if any other options are available as well.
Borrow Library Materials
Alumni with a Wisconsin address may apply for a law card and check out print materials for varying amounts of time. For further information, see our circulation policy page.
Databases and E-Resources
The Law Library has an extensive E-resource collection. Many of these are freely available to anyone from any computer. All of the resources are freely available to anyone who visits the library. If you would like to use the e-resources, feel free to visit the library or use the resources that are labeled "Anyone anywhere" from your office or home. Below is a brief list of resources that are freely available to you right now:
- BadgerLink: Available to Wisconsin residents, a site with full-text articles from journals, Wisconsin newspapers and some legal journals.
- The Gargoyle: The University of Wisconsin Alumni Newsletter, fully online.
- Google Scholar: Search for the text of decisions from across the United States using Google's search engine. Many cases can be found here for free.
- Wisconsin Briefs Database: Search for Wisconsin Briefs by citation or case number from the years 1992-2009.
- Wisconsin Legislative Drafting Records: A collection of written materials that helps to determine why certain statutory language may have been chosen.
- Wisconsin Statutes: A fully searchable and up-to-date Wisconsin Statute site from the Legislative Reference Bureau.
If you are unable to visit the library but require pages be mailed or emailed to you, the library may be able to accommodate your request for a small fee. Certain books in the library collection may be able to be sent to you as well (with a due date). For more information, visit our document delivery page.
Staying up-to-date is one of the most crucial and difficult parts of being a busy attorney or legal professional. The law library can help you stay up to date with WisBlawg, a blog dedicated to legal research news, and a list of other RSS and current awareness options.
Reference Help and Research Assistance
Our reference staff happily welcomes any questions you may have while doing legal research. Feel free to call, email, chat or simply ask at the reference desk. We look forward to helping you locate the information you need to succeed.
To get a better idea of the services that the Law Library offers to alums, watch the library-produced video below.