The Appalachian School of Law Library offers students, faculty, staff, the bench and bar, and the general public access to almost 256,000 volumes of legal materials. The Library maintains a core collection of federal and regional reporters, some federal and state codes, historical legal materials, treatises on many legal topics, and several different finding aids. The Library also subscribes to several online databases. Anyone may find out if the Library owns material by accessing our online catalog by using computers located throughout the Library or through the Internet.
During the academic year, the Library is generally open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. The Library is not open to the public on Saturdays or Sundays or holidays. Changes to our schedule are posted on the front page of the Library's website and on the entrance doors. The Library has longer hours for members of the ASL community. Please note that our librarians cannot answer legal questions, nor can they do research for the public.
The Library has 24,780 net square feet of space, with room for a later expansion. Group study rooms have combination TV/VCRs or TV/DVDs and a white board (remote controls, markers, and erasers are available at the Circulation Desk). The Library's Seminar Room is available for formal and informal classes; it also houses our provisional computer lab.
The Circulation & Reserve Area, located on the first floor, is usually the first place for our patrons to ask questions. Some items in the Library may be checked out to members of the ASL community (public patrons do not have borrowing privileges), and can easily be processed by bringing the books and a valid ASL ID to the Circulation Desk. The Reserve Area holds course reserve materials, audiovisual materials, and popular study aids like Hornbooks and Nutshells.
There is one self-service photocopier in the Reference Desk area on the first floor in the Library. Copies are 10 cents per page. The Library does not provide change; the machine accepts dollar bills and coins.
The Library offers general reference services to all Library patrons. During the school year based on staffing levels, reference librarians are usually available at the Reference Desk (located next to the Circulation & Reserve Desk) Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm. The Library also offers an electronic reference service to ASL faculty, staff, and students. Please note that our librarians cannot answer legal questions for the public (which includes prisoner requests).
The Library offers additional services to members of the ASL community, such as Interlibrary Loan, access to certain electronic databases such as LexisNexis and Westlaw, and a number of publications. More information about the Library can be found in our Student User Guide (PDF) available on the Library Publications page.
Some General Library Rules
- Please keep noise to a minimum while in the Library.
- Drinks must be in spill-proof containers (i.e. no soda cans or to-go cups). All other food and drink is prohibited.
- Tobacco use, including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, is not allowed in the Library, or at the Library entrances. The designated smoking area on campus is behind the Classroom Building.
- The ASL community must show their ASL ID cards to remain in the building when the staff closes the Library. All others will be asked to leave.
- Fines will be charged for late or damaged materials. Please see the user guide for details.
If you have suggestions as to how we can improve our Library services, please:
- Tell a library staff member
- Leave a comment in our Library suggestion box, which is located in the upstairs copy area
- Send an e-mail with your comments
The Appalachian School of Law Library is located at 37° 16' 39.13" N, 82° 05' 43.98" W (37.277536, -82.095551). That location is mapped here on Google Maps. The Library's physical address is 1221 Edgewater Drive, Grundy, VA 24614-7062. If you get lost driving to the Library, call our main phone number at 276-935-4349, ext. 1308 or the Library directly at 276-935-6688, ext. 1308.