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The reference desk, located near the entrance to the library in the center of the 3rd floor of the Beus Center for Law and Society, is staffed by professional librarians who can help you use the Law Library. For a current reference schedule, please check the library hours. The phone number is 480-965-7161.
Our Reference librarians are experts in legal research methodology and are available to answer questions from the public about how to do legal research; however, the librarians cannot do research for others, nor may they answer questions about the law or provide legal advice. If you need to find out what the law is, we encourage you to come into the Law Library where you will have access to the books and computers to conduct your own research. When you come in, we will show you where to find the materials you need and how to use them.
What we will do for you over the phone is limited by the above guidelines and staff availability. Also, because of licensing restrictions, we cannot do searches of our subscription databases for people who call or email. We can assist you to use these databases when you are in the library.
Due to the volume, nature, or frequency of research questions, we may request that you come into the library to conduct your research. Our email and phone services are intended to provide information to patrons who have occasional questions regarding legal research rather than to substitute for patrons doing their own research.
As law librarians, we are here to assist you in using and accessing the materials in the law library. Only your lawyer can interpret documents or give you legal advice. If you do need legal advice, we have a referral list of local legal resources, including free and low-cost providers.