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 600,000 volumes and volume equivalents. Highlights of the collection and the library include:
the comprehensive collections of state and federal law;
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;
Current works on comparative law, jurisprudence, and legal practice; and
A separate room on the balcony houses the Louis B. Sohn Collection 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.