The Library’s large collection of online legal research guides are intended for use by our law students, lib.law.washington.edu/ ref/guides. More than 125 guides help legal researchers identify the important print and online sources for doing research in administrative law, admiralty and maritime law, civil procedure, contracts, copyright, education law, environmental law, health law, human rights, immigration, jury verdicts, labor and employment law, legislative history, national security law, patent law, sports law, torts, treaties, the UCC, and other topics. These guides are also frequently used by other legal researchers and members of the public. A librarian working at the Internal Revenue Service asked permission to adapt the Library’s Finding Guide for Federal Tax Materials, lib.law. washington.edu/ref/fedtaxcht, for
the IRS Library’s intranet page. A reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress comments how frequently she relies on the Gallagher guides. The graduates of the UW Law Librarianship Program, lib.law. washington.edu/lawlibrarianship—a partnership between the Gallagher Law Library and the Information School—populate law libraries in the United States and around the world. Since its inception in 1939, the program has graduated more than 200 librarians with J.D. degrees. Recent alums hold positions at the law school libraries of Boston, Catholic, Colorado, Columbia, Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Loyola (New Orleans), New Mexico, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Santa Clara, and Texas universities. Other grads work in federal and state court libraries and law firm libraries. A 2002 graduate of the program is the Vietnam country director for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative. Australia, India, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippine Islands, Singapore, Taiwan, and three Canadian provinces have or have had graduates of the toprated Law Librarianship Program.
The Gallagher Law Library is a wonderful place in which to study and conduct research when you are in Seattle. But the reach of the Library’s services and its influence are global.
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The Library’s East Asian Law collection is internationally recognized as one of the best in the English-speaking world. A former UW Law professor and eminent Japanese law specialist uses the Copy and Send service, lib.law.washington. edu/copy&send/copy&send, to obtain copies of Japanese court opinion. He also returns to the Library annually to conduct research because of the strength
of the collection. East Asian Law Department (EALD) coordinator Rob Britt answers questions from faculty, students, and alumni using print and online resources. He has given several presentations on Japanese legal research in this country and overseas.
Thanks to the work of Reba Turnquist and others who select material for the Library collection and the efforts of Judy Davis and the resource-sharing team, the Law Library satisfies requests from hundreds of libraries every year. In February, the Library loaned a book on law and religion to the University of Glasglow. Librarians at the American University in Cairo and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology were able to assist their users with material they borrowed from Gallagher. In the last five years, the Library has loaned books to other libraries in virtually every U.S. state. Nearly 90% of the items we loaned last year went to libraries outside of Washington State.