The Pritzker Legal Research Center primarily serves the faculty, students, and staff of the Northwestern University School of Law, and it is a private facility. Except for restrictions during examination periods, the facility is also open to members of the following groups who present a photo ID and register at the circulation desk:
- Current members of the Northwestern University community displaying a Wildcard
- Northwestern Law Alumni
- Students and faculty of other law schools displaying a valid current law school ID
- Practicing lawyers, judges, and judicial clerks displaying a current bar card or court credentials and photo ID
- Scholarly researchers needing access to the collection who have received prior approval and present a photo ID
- Northwestern Alumni of other schools holding a Northwestern Alumni Association card and photo ID may be admitted during normal business hours Monday through Friday. Alumni who wish to use the facility after hours must obtain prior approval.
- Patrons needing to use the library's government documents depository collection may be admitted from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, provided they present a photo ID and register at the circulation desk (depository visitors must restrict their use of the library to the government depository collection).
- Guests accompanying persons in these groups
Restricted Access Periods
During reading periods and final examinations, access to the library is generally restricted so that Northwestern law students can study and take exams. During this time, the only students who are admitted are Northwestern law students. Students from other universities or Northwestern students outside the law program will not be admitted. Lawyers requiring the research materials may be admitted as under the Usual Access Policy, but are expected to maintain silence for the benefit of students.
The university also provides further information for students
and faculty and staff
with particular disabilities needs.