Category Archives: Law Library Services

Study Aids for You: Print & Online

Online Study Skills Materials
The Ross-Blakley Law Library is pleased to provide you with online access to hundreds of study aids to help you prepare for classes and exams. Whether you are a returning student or it is your first year in law school, you will find study aids for virtually every course you will take. All these titles are available for online viewing 24/7 and you can highlight, take notes and even print.

Please note: The first time you go to access the Study Aids Subscription, you will need to create a West Academic account. Use this link to Sign in or Create an Account

Print Study Skills Materials
Not all study skills materials are online. To help you succeed in law school, the Ross-Blakley Law Library staff has created a print Study Skills Collection. Located in the Reserve Reading room on the first floor of the Law Library, the collection brings together an array of study aids, legal research and writing texts, exam, and bar exam materials.

Books in the Study Skills Collection may be checked out for two weeks and are renewable twice.  Flash Cards may be checked out for one week and are not renewable. Study Skills materials have a seven day grace period, and will be billed the replacement charge and overdue fee on the eighth day overdue.  If you have any questions about or suggestions for the print collection, please contact Leslie A. Pardo, Head of Access Services, (480) 965-3579.

Welcome New Students!

The library staff looks forward to meeting you soon at orientation. Please come visit us at the following events:

Monday, August 17th: 8:30-9:30am
Room 109 – Legal Research Password Distribution

Tuesday, August 18th: 8:30-10:00am
Room 109 – Legal Research Password Distribution

Tuesday, August 18th: 1:00-2:00pm
Law Library lobby – Free Root Beer Floats at the Law Library Open House 

In the meantime, be sure to access our 1L Orientation Guide. This guide provides information on library hours and services, materials to help you prep for class and exams, and instructions on how to access the library’s print and electronic study aids.

Meet the Law Library’s Therapy Bobcat: Blakley

bobcat_hunting_2Are looming final exams getting you stressed out?  Is your graduation paper giving you fits? If so, come to the Law Library to meet Blakley our therapy bobcat. Blakley will help sooth your frazzled nerves and put you at ease.  One of our librarians found Blakley living in the Rural Road parking structure.  Blakley was lured to the Law Library with just a few bowls of milk, a big steak, and a little coaxing.  (A photo of tasty looking law students didn’t hurt either.)


If you would like to make an appointment to spend some stress free time with Blakley, stop by the Circulation desk to make an appointment or use our new Online Bobcat Therapy Reservation System.  Blakley generally stays in the all-night study room but at times can be seen roaming the library in search of law students so he can help them cope with the rigors of law school.

If you haven’t figured it out already, Happy April Fool’s Day!

Practicing Attorney Legal Research Panel TOMORROW

What: Practicing attorney legal research panel.  Lunch from Potbelly’s Sandwich Shop provided.
Who: All interested students are welcome.  Please RSVP if you would like lunch.
Where: College of Law Room 105
When: Tuesday, March 24th, 12:15-1:15pm
Questions? Contact Tara Mospan (  to RSVP or for more information.

Research panel flyer - 2015

Important Changes to the Printing/Copying Payment System at the Ross-Blakley Law Library

 Visitors to the Law Library

For those of you who make photocopies, print or scan documents at the Ross-Blakley Law Library at Arizona State University, please note the following changes on how you pay for copying and scanning.  

The print account funding system has changed, effective December 29, 2014.  The Law Library’s printing and copying system utilizes the University’s Print Anywhere program. In order for visitors to print, copy, or scan at the Law Library, they must first purchase a Print Anywhere Guest Card from any Sun Devil Bookstore location.  Bookstore hours may vary, so please plan ahead if you need to purchase a card.   Cards can be purchased in $6 increments.  This is enough to make 50 8.5×11 b/w copies. 

Printing no longer requires the creation or funding of a Print Anywhere Account.  Visitors with a balance remaining on their Print Anywhere account can use the card until the funds have been used entirely.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the PrintU Office.   To learn more about the change, please visit Canon’s Print Anywhere Funding Update  page


ASU Students, Faculty & Staff

Printing and copying charges for ASU students, faculty, and staff will be charged to your MyASU account. The Print Anywhere program is not applicable to printing in the Law Student Computer.  Computer Lab is restricted to law student use only and printing charges are handled by the IT Department.

West Study Aids Available Online to All College of Law Students

West Study Aids are available online to all Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students. Gilbert Law Summaries, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Sum & Substance Quick Reviews, Exam Pro Series, and others covering more than 350 areas of law are available

To access the online collection, go to

You will need to login to your Westlaw account to gain access to the collection. A link to the study aids is also available under the Services for Law Students section of the Law Library’s home page.  Accessing these books through your Westlaw account allows you to personalize use, including highlighting text, full text searching and creating a list of favorites.

So if your favorite study aid is checked out from the Law Library’s Study Skills Collection, no worries.  Just check to see if it is available on Westlaw.

Technology Enhanced Study Room

The Technology Enhanced Collaborative Space (TECS) is located on the first floor of the Ross-Blakley Law Library in room #112D. TECS is intended for collaborative work or study specifically for groups, defined as two or more users actively using the room and its technology. The room has a capacity for five people and includes the following equipment:

  • Media table specifically developed to promote collaboration
  • Computer
  • Laptop Connectivity for 5 laptops
  • Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
  • Two 37” video displays
  • Skype Capabilities

Study group participants can share content from their laptops on the two 37” video displays by pressing the corresponding switcher. Analog laptop electrical outlets and audio outlets are provided for each user. Students can access and share information by allowing all participants to contribute their ideas quickly and seamlessly.

Reserving TECS
TECS may be reserved up to one week in advance in person at the Circulation Desk, by calling 480-965-6144, or online through Law Interactive via the Group Study Room Reservation system under the room labeled TECS Law Library Room 112D. Your ASURITE username and password is required for making reservations in the online system.

We Want Your Feedback
The Law Library staff is in the process of planning for the new downtown building. We would like to know how you like TECS. Please email Leslie Pardo with any comments or suggestions you have about the new technology enhanced study room.

New Law Library Services

Welcome to a new school year.  The Law Library staff is excited to see all the new faces and our returning students. We were very busy over the summer developing new services to make your life easier.  Three of the new services are:

You can read more about our new services below.

Scan on Demand
Do you need help gathering your research? Strapped for time? Let the Law Library HELP! We will scan and email to you print materials you need from the Law Library or any of the ASU Libraries for free. We will email you your requests usually within 48 hours or sooner.  This service is available to Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law degree seeking students.

What kinds of things can I ask to be scanned?

  • Book Chapters (a single chapter from a particular book)
  • Journal articles (one article from a single volume of a journal title)
  • Microform Materials
  • Tables of Contents & Indexes
  • Other selected pages

Please note that we may not be able to scan fragile items. All requests are subject to copyright compliance.

To make a request, please visit the Scan on Demand FAQ.

Delivery on Demand
Out of town and need a library book? Wish you had the right resource? Check out our new Delivery on Demand service.  Delivery on Demand is a free book delivery service that enables Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law degree seeking students to request and obtain circulating books from the Law Library’s print collections. Requested books will be delivered to you within the continental United States and Canada via the United States Postal Service’s Priority mail service.  To make a request, please visit the Delivery on Demand FAQ.

20-Minute Trainings
Do you need help with your research? Has your study group hit a wall? Let the Library help! Ross-Blakely Law Library reference librarians can provide a customized 20-Minute Training on a variety of topics, skills and databases for you and up to three of your colleagues.  Examples of sessions include HeinOnline, non-legal databases, advanced searching for cases, and researching a paper topic.  You can also provide us with a topic of your choice. To learn more or to make an appointment, please visit the 20-Minute Trainings FAQ.

We hope you use all of our new services.  Have a great semester!