Collections

The William M. Rains Library is one of the largest private law libraries in the western United States. Our collection of primary and secondary legal material, both domestic and international, supports the scholarship of the Loyola Law School community.

The Library also provides access to materials in political science, economics, social science, philosophy and other disciplines.  

The print collection is available in sub-collections throughout the Rains building and the second and third floors of the Darling Pavilion. Maps of each floor are also available to help you navigate the Library. 

California and federal primary source materials are located on the second floor of the Rains building, also known as the Hannon Atrium. This location also houses the library's collection of California practice materials in print. Non-legal titles are located in the library's lower level, while law reviews and journals in print can be found both on the second floor of Rains and in the Darling Pavilion.

Reserve materials, hornbooks and other frequently requested materials are held at the library Circulation Desk for checkout. Reference materials are available in the Reference area, located behind the Circulation Desk. 

The Popular Reading Room is located on the first floor of the library, just across from the 24-hour Walter J. Lack Reading Room. This collection includes works of fiction as well as books on the history and culture of Los Angeles. Newspapers and magazines are located on the shelves just outside the Popular Reading Room.  

In addition to print resources, Rains Library provides a wealth of digital resources for legal research tasks, including electronic databases and journals, documentary and popular films, and legal research guides.  We regularly add new titles to our collection, so please check our Recent Acquisitions link from our Featured Lists page for the most current updates. 

You can search for any of our titles in the Library's catalog, or ask a Public Services staff member for assistance.