The Warren E. Burger Library supports the research and curricular needs of the students, faculty, and staff of Mitchell Hamline School of Law. The Library also welcomes Mitchell Hamline alumni, the practicing bar, and public patrons to use its resources.
The Library has over 500 seats for patrons including 150 individual study carrels. 18 study rooms can be reserved online by students for group study sessions. Wireless access is available throughout the facility. Laptop computers are available for checkout to students. Four copying, scanning, and printing machines are located in the Library.
The Warren E. Burger Library’s collection consists of over 100,000 physical volumes with access to hundreds of thousands of additional titles in electronic format via the Library’s database subscriptions. The Library holds a comprehensive collection of federal and Minnesota primary source materials augmented by extensive periodical, treatise, loose-leaf, and reference work holdings. The Library selectively collects United States federal government publications through the Federal Depository Library Program. Materials that are not available in the collection can be requested though the Library’s online interlibrary loan system.
The Library Reference department offers research consultation services in-person and by phone, chat and zoom during regularly scheduled hours as well as by appointment. Research consultations may be related to projects that include, but are not limited to, first year courses, long paper research, clinic work, internship and externship projects, etc. The research librarians teach research methods in independent research courses, by invitation in doctrinal and skills courses, and for law school programs such as the law reviews and clinics. They also create and maintain research guides on a variety of topics that can be found on the library website.
The Library curates the Mitchell Hamline archives, manages the Mitchell Hamline Open Access institutional repository, and collaborates with faculty, students, and staff on digital projects.
Students must follow all library rules as published on the library website or otherwise publicly promulgated. A violation of the Library’s Behavior Policy is subject to sanctions under the Student Code of Conduct or other law school policies (see the Student Conduct page in the Policies section of this Catalog). For all library policies and additional information, see the Warren E. Burger Library policies webpage.
For complete information about library services at Mitchell Hamline, see the Warren E. Burger Library website.