Legal Research

People flock in, nevertheless, in search of answers to those questions only librarians are considered to be able to answer - Terry Pratchett, Going Postal

Library Catalog
Our library catalog may be accessed at From the "Advanced Search" page, you may limit your search to certain formats (e.g. print or DVD) or to certain locations (e.g. Reserve or General Collection). When you retrieve a record, you will see location, call number, and status data. The location indicates where in the library the item is held (e.g. Reference, Reserve, General Collection); the call number tells you the Library of Congress call number assigned to that book within that section of the library; and the status indicates whether the book is checked out or available. If an item is checked out, the due date will be listed.

To access your library account online, go to and click on "Login." Enter your name and barcode number from your Ave Maria I.D. card. Once you are logged in, you will be able to place requests for books that are currently checked out. You will also be able to access databases and electronic resources if you are not on campus.

Database Subscriptions
Databases A-Z
The  Databases A-Z list reflects the online databases to which the Law Library subscribes so that our faculty and students have access to the most up-to-date resources possible.  For assistance in using any of the options on the Databases A-Z list, contact us at or (239) 687-5504.

Connecting to Databases from Off Campus
All students, faculty, and staff may connect to their library accounts while off campus. Go to and click "Login." Enter your name and barcode number from your Ave Maria I.D. card. You will now be connected to the proxy server and can access our databases.