Can other Northwestern students (undergraduate, medical school, etc.) access the library?

COVID Update: Until further notice, the Pritzker Legal Research Center is only open to current Northwestern University students, faculty, and staff. Non-law members of the NU community have access to the library Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.

The Pritzker Legal Research Center primarily serves the faculty, students, and staff of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and it is a private facility.

Except for restrictions during examination periods, the library is open during regular business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m) to members of the following groups:

  • Current members of the Northwestern University community displaying a Wildcard
  • Northwestern Law Alumni
  • Students and faculty of other law schools displaying a valid current law school ID
  • Practicing lawyers, judges, and judicial clerks displaying a current bar card or court credentials and photo ID
  • Scholarly researchers needing access to the collection who have received prior approval and present a photo ID
  • Northwestern Alumni of other schools holding a Northwestern Alumni Association card and photo ID may be admitted during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Alumni who wish to use the facility after hours must obtain prior approval.
  • Patrons needing to use the library's government documents depository collection may be admitted by appointment only, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday, provided they present a photo ID and register at the circulation desk. Depository visitors must restrict their use of the library to the government depository collection. Patrons seeking to use the government documents collection should contact Jamie Sommer, Associate Director for Public Services (e-mail) for an appointment.
  • Guests accompanying persons in these groups

Visitors not affiliated with Northwestern are asked to present a photo ID and register at the circulation desk upon arrival. Anyone with questions about these policies, including anyone needing prior access approval, may contact the following during normal business hours Monday through Friday:

  • James Driscoll, Circulation Services Manager (e-mail)

Updated: Feb 21, 2022

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