The Law Library subscribes to dozens of online legal research tools. These resources are available off-campus only to authenticated law school users. However, most subscription resources are available within the library for public use. Contact the Reference Desk for further information or for assistance with using these databases.
Westlaw Patron Access is a version of Westlaw open to the public. It is available on two of the three computers that are currently open to the public near the Reference Desk. Westlaw Patron Access allows access to all federal and state cases and statutes, KeyCite, ALR, and AmJur (plus many different parts of the AmJur series, like Forms and Causes of Action).
Use of the Patron Access terminal is limited to 30 minutes when someone else is waiting.
Because of COVID-19, the BYU Law Library is currently not open to public patrons. Westlaw is providing a means whereby the public can access Westlaw (with some time limitations). For information on how to do that, see this law library blog post.
There is a color printer in the law school for student and community use. This printer is a BYU Pharos printer (named BYU Public Color), and it works like the other BYU Pharos printers across campus. It is in the printing room, which is located on the 3rd floor of the law library, by the stairwell. (The printing room has a Lexis printer, the Reference Co-Op printer, and a BYU Pharos printing release station, with a BYU Public Color printer and a BYU Public B&W printer.)
To print in color from your computer at the law school, you must download the BYU Pharos Printer drive.
- Go to software.byu.edu.
- If prompted, enter your BYU net ID and password.
- Under the “Vendors” heading, click the “Pharos” link.
- Click the “Download Now” button that corresponds with your computer’s operating system.
- Click the plus sign button that corresponds with your computer’s operating system.
- Click “Continue” to download the program.
- Once the printer drive is downloaded to your computer, the BYU Public Color printer will be available in your print dialogue box when selecting a printer. (The BYU Public B&W printer will also be available.)
To print to the BYU Public Color printer (or the BYU Public B&W printer):
- From the File menu of your document, select Print.
- From the drop-down menu on the Print dialogue box, select BYU Public Color to print all the pages in your document on a color printer, or select BYU Public B&W to print all the pages in your document on a black and white printer. Click “Ok.”
- A window will pop up asking your net ID and a name for the print job; enter that information and click “Print.” Your print job is then sent to a print queue that you can access from any printing release station on campus.
- To print in color at the law school, go to the printing room on the 3rd floor of the law library.
- Swipe your BYU ID card at the printing release station, and follow the instructions on the screen in order to select and print your job.
- These two BYU public printers, and the cost associated with printing to them, are in no way affiliated or connected with the BYU Law Co-Op printing.
- When you download the BYU Pharos Printer drive, you will be downloading both the BYU Public Color printer and the BYU Public B&W printer.
- The cost of one sheet from the color printer, regardless of whether it actually has color on it, is $0.15.
- The cost of one sheet from the black and white printer is $0.07.
- The BYU Public Color printer and the BYU Public B&W printer share a screen at the printing release station in the 3rd floor printing room in the law library. This screen is used to swipe your BYU ID card and select the job(s) to print. However, the BYU Public Color printer and the BYU Public B&W printer are two separate printers. Because there is no way to select between the two printers from the printing release station, your document will print from the printer you selected on your computer. The cost for that document will depend on the printer you chose from your computer, not on whether it has color. (For example, if you print a black and white document on the BYU Public Color printer, you will be charged $0.15 per page. There are no refunds for mistakes.)
- Double-sided printing is considered the same as printing two pages and is charged accordingly.
- When you swipe your BYU ID at the printing release station and subsequently select a job to print, the cost is automatically deducted from the money on your BYU ID card. You can add money to your BYU ID card through Cougar Cash.