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Charles B. Sears Law Library SUNY Buffalo Law School

Study Spaces in the Law Library

Need some peace and quiet for studying? Tired of listening to cell phone conversations while reading? Is your roommate playing loud music again?

Libraries are great quiet spaces to get work done, and the Charles B. Sears Law Library is no exception. We have a "no cell phone" policy in the library (texting is fine, but, please, no conversations in study spaces!), and many dedicated spots for quiet study. With WiFi throughout the libraries, coffee shops nearby for caffeine infusions, and the added convenience of print research materials at your fingertips, the law library is a space designed with you in mind.

Quite a bit of our study space is "first come, first served." As a public law library, we have pro se patrons, private practice attorneys, members of the general public, and students from all of the University availing themselves of our space and services.

However, there are many spaces throughout the law library reserved for law students. These spaces require a valid UB ID card. The information attached to a law student's UB ID allows access to these spaces, either through a swipe card access point or through the Circulation Desk reservation systems.

*Patrons are reminded to never leave personal items unattended. Unfortunately, theft happens, and the library is not responsible for the loss of items. Please don't let your stuff become someone else's!*

Spaces reserved for law student use only are indicated * below.

The floor-by-floor breakdown: | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5th | 6th | 7th |


On the Second Floor… [map]

The Reading Room image of 2nd floor reading room

The reading room, located at the west end of the library, opposite the main entrance, is a quiet study space open to the public. There are outlets at each table, and WiFi is available throughout the space (Log-in is required for wireless access).

*For Law students only*

There is a conference room on the second floor, reserved for law student use. For information about reserving conference rooms, please click here or go to the Circulation desk. Note: law students may only reserve conference rooms for group work, and need at least two Law students with UB IDs to reserve a room.

For computing and printing information, please see this chart.

WiFi is available throughout the space (Log-in is required for wireless access).


On the Third Floor… [map]

The third floor of the library, accessible via the center staircase, elevator, and the rear staircase, has public study space available. There are tables near the center staircase and desks at the end of the stacks.

*For Law students only*

There are also study carrels available for law students only. Study carrels are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the second floor, using a valid UB ID card. For more on study carrels, click here.

For computing and printing information, please see this chart.

WiFi is available throughout the space (Log-in is required for wireless access).


On the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Floors… Maps:[4th] [5th] [6th]

Floors four through six are accessible via the southwest corner staircase and the northwest corner elevator. There are desks at the end of the stacks in the fourth, fifth, and sixth floor, available for public use.

*For Law students only*

There are also study carrels available for law students on the fourth floor. Study carrels are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the second floor, using a valid UB ID card. For more on study carrels, click here.

There is a conference room on the fourth floor and a conference room on the sixth floor, reserved for law student use. For information about reserving conference rooms, please click here or go to the Circulation desk. Note: law students may only reserve conference rooms for group work, and need at least two Law students with UB IDs to reserve a room.

For computing and printing information, please see this chart.

WiFi is available throughout the space (Log-in is required for wireless access).


On the 7th Floor… [map]

Law Student Reading Room

7thfloorIn September of 2009, the new seventh floor was revealed. In addition to journals and law reviews, the seventh floor is an exclusive quiet study space for law students only, accessible only by swipe card. If you are not a law student, and need access to the seventh floor materials, please come to the reference or circulation desks, located at the second floor entrance.

*Law students are reminded to secure their swipe card and other possessions while in the library. Please do not prop the doors open or allow others to use your swipe card to gain access to the seventh floor.*

If you are a law student and are unable to access the seventh floor, please contact Tim Conti.


Other Study Spaces

Not enough space? Want to get out of the Law Library? Check out our other libraries … great spaces to study are all over campus. Find your spot!