Welcome to the Mabie Law Library

The Law Library was established as part of the UC Davis School of Law in 1965, sharing space in temporary buildings on campus until King Hall was completed in 1969.

Renovations to King Hall have provided students with upgraded reading rooms, group study areas, and more collaborative space throughout King Hall.

Thanks to a generous gift from the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation in 2006, the Law Library was named the Mabie Law Library. The library is under the direction of the Dean of the School of Law with advice from the faculty. The Director of the Library is a member of the faculty.

The Mabie Law Library supports the research, scholarship, and curriculum needs of its faculty and students by developing a law library with relevant resources, in both print and electronic formats, and providing legal research assistance to its constituents.

Librarian Services

  • Legal Research Training: Librarians teach an elective 2-unit Advanced Legal Research course, and provide customized research training for student RA’s, clinical students, externs, summer associates, and journal editors.
  • Liaison Program: Every faculty member is assigned a research librarian to assist with research, scholarship, and teaching
  • In Class Course Support: Librarians provide in-class lectures on course specific resources, to help students better utilize resources that focus on specific area of laws
  • Legal Research Assistance: Librarians regularly provide legal research training and help locating legal resources to students, faculty, alums, members of the Bench and Bar, and members of the public.

Library Resources

  • The Mabie Law Library houses over 375,000 print volumes and volume equivalents, and provides access to a wealth of online resources it licenses.
  • The Mabie Law Library has specialized collections that focus on business law, environmental law, intellectual property, immigration law, constitutional law, and public interest law.
  • The Mabie Law Library is both a federal and California government selective depository, with a strong collection of governmental resources
  • The Library has a rich print collection of international, foreign and comparative legal materials, with access to many online source materials. The collection covers private and public international law, including such sub topics as: international trade and development, commercial transactions, intellectual property rights, corporate governance, globalization, international litigation and arbitration and human rights.
  • The Library has access to interdisciplinary resources, both journals and databases available electronically via the California Digital Library (CDL), a repository of licensed online information made available by the University of California for students, staff, faculty and on-site users.


Services for Students with Disabilities

The U.C. Davis Student Disability Center (SDC) is a department within the Division of Student Affairs and is located at 54 Cowell Building. Please call (530) 752-3184 or contact them at: sdc@ucdavis.edu.


The Mabie Library welcomes suggestions for book purchases, library policies or any matters related to its collection or services. Book requests can be made using forms located at the Circulation/Reserve desk or by email.