Welcome to the Gérard V. La Forest Law Library! We serve the faculty, staff, and students of the UNB Faculty of Law, and the rest of the UNB and St. Thomas community. This tour will take you through the library and show you where to find books, case reporters, journals, and places like the computer lab, Rare Books Reading Room, conference rooms, and quiet places to study.
If you’re completing this tour as part of your Foundations class, make sure to sign in at the circulation desk. You’ll also need a copy of our services and policies, and a map of the library showing the locations of the stations you’ll visit during this tour.
Speaking of the circulation desk, it’s the main public service point in the library. It’s where you check out and return books, book a conference room, pick up conference room keys, pay fines, and more. It’s also a great place to ask questions when you need help with something in the library.
The circulation desk is also where you access items that are in our reserve collection, which is located behind the desk. If your professor has a physical book on reserve for your class, bring its call number to the circulation desk and one of our staff members will get it for you. For those who might not know, a call number is a unique combination of letters and numbers that tells you where to find an item in a library. Call numbers appear on the spines of the books and in the UNB Libraries catalogue. Other items in our reserve collection include laptops, headphones, dry erase markers, USB sticks, board games, and more.
Items in a reserve collection are in high demand, so there are limits to how long you can check them out for. Most reserve books can be checked out for three hours at a time to ensure that everyone has reasonable access to them.
If an item is on reserve, its call number will include a location code that says LAW-RESERVE. Location codes appear with call numbers on the spines of the books and in the UNB Libraries catalogue.
To check out a book, make sure you have your UCard with you, because it’s your library card, too.