Phoenix School of Law welcomes members of the bench and bar to its law library through the Law Library Bar Access Program. For a small initial fee to cover the cost of creating an identification card and a modest annual fee to cover the cost of services and modified database licenses, we provide broad access to our physical and online collections.
Already have a Bar Access Membership?
(link above emails your request to Gretchen Lebron, Access Services Manager)
The following people are eligible to apply for membership in the Program:
- Active members of the Arizona State Bar
- Active members of any tribal bar
- Inactive members of any state or tribal bar engaged in pro bono service or scholarship
- Employees of active members of the Arizona State Bar under supervision per Rule 5.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct of the Arizona State Bar.
Note that each person applying in the first three categories above must present their bar membership card when they have their picture taken for their Access Program identification card. Inform the Access Program Manager through the Circulation desk of any changes in eligibility. Membership must be terminated when a Member is no longer eligible.
Registration and Fees
To become a member of our Law Library Bar Access Program, an applicant must:
- Complete the registration form and submit it to the Circulation Department.
- The email address provided on the application for membership will be used to communicate with the Member about Program matters.
- Inform the Access Program Manager through the Circulation desk of any changes.
- Please allow up to ten business days to process the application.
- Have an Access Program identification card photo taken by the
Library or the Facilities Department.
- Members of the bar will present a driver’s license or other photo ID and a current bar membership card.
- Nonmembers will present a driver’s license or other photo ID and a letter, signed by the member of the Arizona State Bar exercising supervision under Rule 5.3 of the RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT OF THE ARIZONA STATE BAR, that certifies that the signatory exercises said supervision.
- The Member’s Access Program ID card must be presented when entering the School and when checking out materials.
- The Access Program ID card authorizes the Member to enter the School premises, take the elevator to the 14th floor, and enter the Law Library.
- A $30.00 replacement fee will be charged if your Access Program ID card is lost or stolen.
- Pay the annual registration fee of $120.00 and $30.00 to defray the cost of the identification card.
- Make checks payable to Phoenix School of Law Library or pay by credit card here.
- Neither the annual registration fee nor the one-time ID fee is refundable.
- Your registration is valid for one calendar year. About one month before the end of your paid registration we will remind you that your renewal is due soon.
Program Members have access to the following services and materials on-campus only:
- Physical media (books, periodicals, microfiche) except for materials reserved for students (Course Reserves, Audio Reserves, Academic Success).
- Program members may check out circulating materials other than those reserved for students. Note that much of the physical collection is non-circulating.
- Program Members may have a maximum of five items checked out at one time. General Collection materials circulate for a period of two weeks and may be renewed once. Materials may be renewed at the Library’s Circulation Desk or online using the “My Account” link on our Catalog or our website. Materials must be renewed before or on the due date. Overdue materials cannot be renewed.
- Materials are subject to being recalled at any time if needed for Reserves or if requested by a PhoenixLaw student or faculty member. Materials that have been recalled must be returned by 5pm on the next business day.
- Program Members will be charged the same fines and the same suspension of privileges for overdue materials as students. Overdue materials that have not been returned to the Library within three weeks of their due date will be deemed lost, and the Program Member will be billed for the replacement cost of the book plus processing fees. Any outstanding bills will result in suspension of Library borrowing privileges.
- Westlaw Public Access. This limited version of Westlaw is available on the computer in the Access Program Member Office in the Library. Program Members may reserve the Member Office and Westlaw access through the Library website. The Member Office and Westlaw access may be reserved in two-hour blocks, no renewals.
- Access to the following online databases on local wireless through the Law Library Databases web page, http://www.phoenixlaw.edu/librarydatabases:
- ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct
- Bloomberg BNA Reports, Health Law Resource Center, Intellectual Property Resource Center, Labor & Employment Law Resource Center, Tax and Accounting Center
- Fastcase (note that members of the Arizona State Bar have access to Fastcase included in their Bar dues)
- Making of Modern Law
- Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History
- ProQuest Congressional, Dissertations and Theses, Research Library, eLibrary
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
- U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs Digital Archive
Note that access to full Westlaw capabilities, WestlawNext, LexisNexis, and Foreign Law Guide is not included on- or off-campus, due to license restrictions.
Study rooms are for the exclusive use of current PhoenixLaw students. Program Members may not use study rooms at any time. However, we do offer a Program Member Office for use. Please see below.
On- and Off-Campus Access
Program members have access to the following services both on- and off-campus:
- Document delivery (interlibrary loans and copies of articles, limited by licenses and copyright).
- Request interlibrary loan materials by emailing Timothy Saffles at firstname.lastname@example.org, including all known information about the material. Forms for requesting materials are available at the Circulation Desk.
- Program Members will need to pick up physical materials (books, photocopies) at the Law Library Circulation Desk.
- Some Interlibrary Loan materials can be obtained at no cost while others are only available with a fee, postage, or insurance charge. Program Members are responsible for any charges incurred as a result of their interlibrary loans. Not all ILL charges are calculable before executing the ILL request. The ILL staff will endeavor to inform a requesting Program Member of any charges before executing the request. Upon being informed of a fee, the Program Member may cancel the request. Any cancelation must occur before the request is executed.
- Research assistance by email, telephone, chat, or in person, during scheduled Legal Research Help Desk hours.
- Access to the Law Library’s online catalog 24/7.
Access Program Member Office
Room 1453 is the Access Program Member Office. Members may reserve this Office through the Library website. The Member Office may be reserved in two-hour blocks, no renewals. The Member Office has a desktop computer with Windows 7 and MS Office 10 and access to Westlaw Public Access; a local printer; a print set of the Arizona Revised Statutes; and other Arizona references and legal research resources.
Wireless Access; Printing & Photocopying
For wireless access and printing on campus, a Program Member will check out a Local Account card from the Circulation Desk, leaving her or his Access Program ID card. The Access Program ID card will be returned to the Member when the Member returns the Local Account card. The Local Account card may also be used to make photocopies. Program Members shall obey U.S. copyright law as implemented through Phoenix School of Law copyright policies.