About the Library

With over 600,000 volumes, the William M. Rains Library is one of the largest private law libraries in the western United States.  The Library includes primary legal materials for all U.S. jurisdictions as well as an extensive collection of secondary sources for California law.  In addition, the Library has a growing collection of international, foreign and comparative legal materials.  The Library also collects resources in political science, economics, social science, philosophy and other disciplines that augment the legal collection.

The Library subscribes to an extensive array of digital resources encompassing U.S., foreign and international legal materials.  These databases can be found through the Library’s catalog or through the Databases page.  The LLS community also has access to LMU’s electronic resources while on-campus.  Remote access to LMU electronic resources is available to LLS faculty and staff.

As a service to the LLS community, the Library maintains a Popular Reading Room with both fiction and non-fiction titles. Included are works about the City of Los Angeles and about Frank Gehry, the architect of the Loyola Law School campus.  The Library also makes an extensive collection of documentary and popular films available to the LLS community.

The Library has an on-going commitment to the intellectual development of the LLS community through its programs of collection development, research assistance, facility enhancement and technology.  For questions about the Library or its resources, please contact the Reference Librarians.

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Welcome to the William M. Rains Library

The Library is part of the city block of Frank Gehry-designed buildings that make up the  Loyola Law School. The Library's impressive buildings, comfortable study areas, and a physical collection of more than one-half million volumes and volume-equivalents pale in comparison to the 30 service-oriented staff members who are always ready to help students and faculty with their research needs. We invite you to come in to visit us.

We look forward to meeting and assisting each of you.


  Daniel W. Martin
  Director, Law Library
  Professor of Law