As you begin law school at Suffolk University, we hope you will take a bit of time to explore the law library. This guide is designed to help you make the most of the services and the collections we provide. We feel certain you will find the collection and our staff helpful. Please feel free to ask any library staff member if you have questions or need help. Our professional law librarians are experts at legal research and computerized resources and can speed your research. We stand ready to help you as you begin your studies.
We look forward to working with you.
Moakley Law Library
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Monday - Friday: 8:00 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00 A.M. to 11 P.M.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 A.M. to 9 P.M.
Wednesday: 9:00 A.M. to 8 P.M.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Sunday: 12:00 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Any changes in library hours will be posted on the library doors and the main page of the library Web site.
All Suffolk University faculty have access to the Law Library. Suffolk University students needing legal research have access to the Law Library. With a current Suffolk picture ID, circulating books may be checked out. Statutes, reporters, looseleafs and journals do not circulate.
Study Room Policy & Procedure
- Group study rooms are available to Suffolk Law students.
- Study room reservations must be made online on a first come first serve basis.
- Only one study room reservation per day per student is permitted
- Study rooms may be reserved up to ten days in advance.
- Use of study rooms is limited to three hour increments per group.
- If you are more than 30 minutes late arriving for your reservation, your reservation will be cancelled.
- Study rooms are reserved for group study only, i.e., two or more students.
- The five designated large study rooms are reserved for four or more students.
- Abuses of study rooms and violation of the study room policy may result in the revocation of study room privileges.
- Reservations for study rooms must be made online.
- Two members of the group must present valid ID cards at the Circulation/Reserve Desk at the start of the reserved time for small study rooms. For large study rooms, four IDs are required.
- When the allotted time has expired patrons must return to the Circulation/Reserve Desk and retrieve their ID cards. The room may be renewed if it is available.
- Study room doors will remain unlocked while occupied.
Do not leave valuables unattended.
Food and Drink Policy
- There shall be no food or drink in the computer labs and the Research Instruction Room.
- Beverages are allowed in room 555 if in permanent, spill-proof containers. No other food or beverages are allowed in room 555.
- Food and drink are allowed in the rest of the library, but patrons should be mindful and respectful of library property and fellow patrons by avoiding spills/mess and keeping noise and odors to a minimum.
Cell Phone Policy
- Cell phone use is not permitted in the Law Library.
- Please turn phones or ringers off when entering the library, and exit the library to make or receive calls.
Located immediately to the left as patrons enter the Law Library, the Circulation/Reserve Desk is the place to go for many different items. Books are checked out and renewed here, audiovisual materials are requested here, professor reserve materials can be obtained here, and daily newspapers and the latest issues of law reviews and journals are available at this location. Interlibrary loan materials are picked up here, and study rooms are signed out here.
You can reach the Circulation/Reserve Desk at 617-573-8177.
The library holds a small number of items in its Special Collections. These items can generally only be accessed Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding holidays) and must be used within the library. Inquire at the Circulation/Reserve desk for assistance obtaining Special Collections items.
Reference librarians are available at the Reference Desk, located directly across from the entrance to the Law Library on the sixth floor. If you are looking for reference or research assistance, help in formulating Lexis or Westlaw queries, an introduction to the online library catalog, or a quick tutorial on one of the many legal databases available in the Law Library, the Reference Desk is the place to come. For more in-depth discussion of a research project, an appointment may be made with an individual reference librarian. If you cannot make it into the Law Library, reference assistance is available by phone at 617-573-8516 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.