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Law Research Assistant Guide to the Law Library

This guide is designed to assist UC Law Research Assistants.

Guide Overview

Congratulations! You’re now a research assistant for a UC Law faculty member. This guide is intended to introduce you to the many ways that the Library can help you be a successful research assistant!

Reference & Liaison Services

To support faculty teaching and scholarship, each law faculty member has a library liaison. Adjunct law faculty should contact Susan Boland at or (513) 556-4407.  The library liaison will help facilitate the use of the many resources the Law Library has to offer.

The reference librarians can provide custom database training and research advice to faculty research assistants. Consulting with a reference librarian saves the RA’s time and ensures that faculty members receive quality research results.

To take advantage of this service, please contact a reference librarian to arrange a consultation.

Faculty Authorized Borrower Form for Research Assistants

Faculty Authorized Borrower Form

Faculty should use the authorization form below to allow research assistant to check out items under his/her library account. Students are responsible for any materials borrowed under their own account, even if is for a faculty member's research. If a faculty member returns something late, the student would be billed for the item.  Faculty also have greater borrowing privileges than students; therefore students should not check out materials for a faculty member under their student account. 

The faculty member is ultimately responsible for all materials charged to his or her account for the dates specified. If no time period is specified on the authorization form, the authorized borrowing privileges will be issued for one semester only. The maximum authorization period is one year at a time. All of the authorizing faculty member’s privileges and restrictions will apply to books borrowed on their behalf. Authorized borrowers should present materials at the checkout desk and specify that they are to be charged out to the appropriate authorizing faculty member. Any notices of overdue or recalled materials will be sent to the faculty member.

You may also fill out and submit the Faculty Authorized Borrower form available on the Law Library’s web page at

Special RA Library Privileges

The Law Library offers a services to law faculty research assistants designed to extend privileges that are not normally available to students. 

These services include proxy borrowing for faculty and copy/print cards for the Law Library. 

Faculty should contact the Associate Director of Research & Instructional Services, Susan Boland, to set up these services for their research assistants.

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