Collection Description

In keeping with its status as the oldest and largest public law library in the state, the Alexander Campbell King Law Library at the University of Georgia builds collections for anticipated needs as well as current needs. As a part of the University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant institution, the Law Library also serves the public welfare through participation in cooperative efforts to collect, access, and preserve information at the regional, national, and international levels.* Additionally, the Law Library:

  • develops, manages, and stores collections in an expanding variety of formats;
  • provides access to knowledge and information in those collections using appropriate storage, access, and communications technologies;
  • preserves the information in those collections for present and future generations; and
  • assists and instructs library users in the use of library resources.

With the exception of a small number of items in special collections, all library materials are on open stacks. Researchers have direct access to the materials which are arranged in Library of Congress classification order.



The Law Library maintains a collection numbering in excess of 550,000 volumes and volume equivalents.  Highlights of the collection and the library include:

  • the comprehensive collections of state and federal law;
  • United States government documents (the Law Library is a selective depository);
  • an extensive collection of United Nations documents;
  • European Union documents (the Law Library is one of only 11 U.S. law school depositories for European Union documents);
  • a well-developed collection of foreign and international law designed to support the LL.M. program, the Rusk Center, the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the work of several internationally acclaimed scholars who are members of the law faculty;
  • access to hundreds of online databases of use to legal researchers; the library also provides computers for use by the general public; and
  • GAVEL, our on-line catalog, allows library users and potential users to search Law Library collections from any computer with Internet access.


Main Floor [Map]

  • General practice material regularly required by students and attornies such as West’s federal and regional reporters, American Law Reports, and law reviews and journals;
  • Current Georgia statutes and practice materials;
  • Reference materials, such as the Martindale-Hubbell directories and dictionaries, are located near the Reference Desk; and
  • The published writings of the law faculty are placed on display in the lobby outside the Law Library's main entrance.

Balcony, which overlooks the Main Floor [Map]

  • Current works on American law and legal practice
  • Materials on comparative law and  jurisprudence

Basement [Map]

  • U.S. government documents arranged by SuDoc classification;
  • Foreign legal materials arranged by region and then alphabetically by country;
  • Current and historic materials from Canada and the United Kingdom; and
  • Older American law titles and superseded works

Annex [Maps]

  • State materials including current and superseded codes and state reporters; practice materials for selected states;
  • Historic Georgia material; and
  • Materials on international law, the European Union, and United Nations documents

Rusk Center Library

  • The Rusk Center houses our Louis B. Sohn Library on International Relations. The core of materials in this special collection was a gift to the Law Library by Louis B. Sohn, a distinguished lawyer in international law and former professor.  His involvement in the formation of the United Nations, work in maritime law, and interests in global peace, international relations, and human rights are reflected in the character of this collection.

For more information, view our Collection Development Policy


*This includes founding memberships in the Legal Information Preservation Alliance (LIPA) and the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC).