Collections

The William M. Rains Library is one of the largest private law libraries in the western United States; our collection of primary and secondary legal material, both domestic and international, supports the scholarship of the Loyola Law School community.

The Library also provides access to materials in political science, economics, social science, philosophy and other disciplines.  Recently, the library updated its Popular Reading Room, which has best-selling fiction and non-fiction titles, works about the history and culture of Los Angeles, and a select collection of books about Frank Gehry, the architect of the Loyola Law School campus. 

The print collection is available in sub-collections throughout the Rains building and the second and third floors of the Darling Pavilion.  Maps of each floor are also available to help you navigate the Library. 

Reference materials are available in the Reference Room, located behind the Circulation desk.  Reserve materials, Hornbooks and other frequently request materials are held at the Circulation desk for checkout.  

The Popular Reading Room is located on the first floor, just across from the 24 hour Southeast Reading Room and the Circulation desk.  Newspapers and magazines are located on the shelves just outside the Popular Reading Room.  

Non-legal titles are located in the basement; legal journals and law reviews are available on the second floor of Rains, and the second and third floors of the Darling Pavilion. 

Finally, California and federal primary source materials, and California practice materials are available on the second floor of Rains, also known as the Hannon Atrium. 

In addition to print resources, Rains Library provides a wealth of digital resources for legal research tasks, including electronic databases and journals, documentary and popular films, and legal research guides.  We regularly add new titles to our collection, so please check our Recent Acquisitions page for the most current updates. 

You can search for any of our titles in the Library's catalog, or ask a Public Services staff member for assistance.