Alumni Services

At this time, access to the law library is limited to current students, staff, and faculty. We will update this page and our calendar to reflect any changes. Please reach out to for any assistance.

Alumni can access to the Law Library when Sullivan Hall is open to the public. Alumni do not have access outside of regular building hours.

Library services include:

  • Seattle University Law Library Catalog
  • In-house use of non-restricted electronic databases
  • In-house use of library materials
  • E-mail Reference services

Patrons with a borrowing membership have access to additional services including:

  • Borrowing of up to five titles at a time
  • Loan periods of 30 days

Patrons have no access to:

  • Document delivery
  • In-house printing
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Restricted databases, such as Westlaw and Lexis

Alumni Borrowing Memberships

The Law Library is currently unable to accommodate alumni borrowing. This page will be updated when alumni borrowing is reinstated. If you have questions about this or other policies, please contact the circulation desk at 206-398-4221.

Alumni borrowing memberships cost $25, and entitle the holder to one year of borrowing privileges at the Library. The fee is nonrefundable. Borrowers must agree to abide by all the rules and regulations established by the Library; must agree to pay for or replace any item issued to the borrower that is lost or damaged; and must agree to pay any and all overdue fines. The Library reserves the right to terminate the borrowing membership if the borrower does not abide by the rules and regulations established by the Library.

Borrowers will receive a membership card. This card must be used to check-out books.

Alumni Circulation Policy

The Library has a wide variety of materials available. The policies for each type of material are enumerated below.

Overdue notices will be mailed to the address provided on the alumni borrowing membership form. If books are not returned or fines are not paid within 1 month of the overdue notice, the alumni borrowing membership will be suspended until all books are returned and the fines paid.


Treatises are texts which provide substantial treatment and analysis of a broad area of law. The treatises in the Library are generally shelved on the 3rd and 4th floors. To determine if a treatise can be checked-out, look at the listing for that book in the catalog. If under status it says “not checked-out” the book may be checked-out. If under status it says “lib use only,” the book may not leave the Library.

  • Circulation period: 30 days
  • No renewals
  • Fine: 50 cents per volume, per day


Reserve materials, located on the 2nd floor of the Library, include study aids, videotapes, faculty course reserves, practice aids (Washington Practice Series, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, deskbooks and court rules), current RCWs and Washington State Session Laws, multi-volume works, looseleaf services, Restatements and formbooks and the CULP collection.

The catalog indicates whether reserve material is located in reserve. Reserve materials are not to be taken from the Library.

  • Circulation Period: 2 hours
  • One renewal for an additional 2 hours allowed if no one is waiting for the book
  • Fine: $1 per hour per volume

Alumni may not borrow reserve materials overnight.

Research Stations

Research stations for those without laptop computers are located in the reserve area. They may be used to access the Library’s research databases and for Internet legal research. Research sessions should be limited to 30 minutes to allow others an opportunity to use the stations.

Ready Reference

The Ready Reference area (wooden shelving directly behind the Reference Desk) contains general reference material, including indexes, directories and dictionaries. Use of those materials is limited to the reference area.

Micromedia Room

The Micromedia Room (Room 204 in Reserve) houses the Library’s collection of microforms (microfiche and microfilm). Microform holdings include international, federal, and state materials, bar journals, briefs from the U.S. Supreme Court, Washington State Supreme Court, the Washington Appellate Court, and much more.

Microform materials are listed in the catalog as located in “micromedia.” The Microform Collection Guide in Room 204 organizes this collection by title and author and further indicates the cabinet drawer and tray in which a specific title may be found.

  • Circulation: Microforms may only be used in the Library
  • Microform reader/printer is available in Room 204
  • Printouts cost $0.10 per copy. Payment is made at the Circulation Desk