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A Guide to Law Library Resources for Students Working Remotely: Reference Assistance

We are here for you!

The Eckstein Law Library has always been a "library without borders."  That is true now more than ever!  Though the physical space may look a little different and require some different practices, the library is still operating.  Just like you, we have increased our remote operations and are available to help you via telephone, email, and Microsoft Teams.  We are also available, in limited situations, to assist students via an in-person reference appointment.

This Guide provides details on our continuing services for students, information on key remote resources available to students, and some additional information that may be useful to you during this unusual time in history.  This is an evolving guide; additional information will be added as circumstances change.  If you are not a law student, please see our guide on Access to the Eckstein Law Library.

Need Help? Reference librarians are available to assist you!

Students may take advantage of our reference assistance and research consultations in several different ways. We are currently offering remote reference services, including Teams research consultations, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and weekends from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Check here for updated information about hours.) In-person reference appointments are available to students in limited situations; please contact the reference desk via phone or email to discuss an in-person reference appointment.   

Reference Service Options:

  • Phone:       414-288-3837

As always, you may reach a reference librarian by telephone.  If you call and get our voice mail, please be sure to leave a message with your name, contact number, and a brief description of your question or legal research issue.  We'll return your call as soon as possible during our reference service hours.

Our email reference is still available to you.  Send an email at any time, day or night, and we will receive it and respond as soon as possible during our reference service hours.

  • Schedule a research consultation or, in limited situations, an in-person reference appointment:

If you have a larger issue to discuss, a specific need for in-person reference assistance, or if you'd simply like to schedule a specific time to speak with a reference librarian, you may request a research consultation using our web formResearch consultations may be scheduled to occur during our remote reference service hours.  In your request please let us know 1) the basic issue or topic of the consultation; 2) whether you'd like to conduct the consultation over the phone, via Microsoft Teams, or in-person;  3) your contact phone number; and 4) your desired date and start time. 

We'll make every effort to accommodate same-day consultation requests.  If you request a consultation date in the future we will contact you within 15 hours to confirm your consultation date and time or work out a mutually agreeable alternative.