Study Spaces

Read through the five tabs below to learn about physical access and use of the library. We have spaces for individual, small group, and collaborative work.

After Hours Access

UNM law students who completed after hours safety training during Orientation may access the Library 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To schedule a makeup training session, contact  Rob Thomas, 272-1485. 

For detailed policies, consult the Law Library after hours access policies and procedures via the law school intranet.

Journals Suite

The Library houses a large suite for students working on the student-edited journals. The suite is intended as a center for legal scholarship where journals students meet, work, and study. Equal storage and desk space is provided to each of the three journals and there is additional space with conference tables, single person desks, and a lounge area.


Check out the Student Journals Research Guide

Additional resources are on the intranet

Email to reserve a locker

Notify the library about suite issues or concerns

Noise Areas

The Library has designated quiet and collaborative zones so that users can choose the space that best meets their needs and study preferences.

Quiet Area, Upper Floor

  • Meant to provide an area for quiet study; however, total silence is not a reasonable expectation
  • Conversation is extremely limited and in a low speaking voice
  • Cell phones on silent or vibrate and no cell phone conversations
  • Use earphones with electronics
  • Quiet when entering and exiting

Collaboration Den, Lower Floor

  • Flexible configurations of furniture allows and encourages collaborative engagement
  • Tutor carrels provide space for tutors and their students to meet
  • A 50" monitor is available with instructions for connection to portable devices; cables and adapters may be checked out at the Circulation Desk
  • Conversations should be limited to law school-related work
  • The four Group Study Dens are located on the lower floor

Study Carrels

The Library houses just over 90 carrels. Almost all of them are wired with electrical connections and provide eye bolts to be used along with security cables and locks to deter theft.  Unassigned carrels are those that do not have a name on them, their daily use is on a first come, first served basis.

Carrel Request Form (2019 - 2020)

Assigned Carrels

Carrel assignments are for the academic year (both Fall and Spring semesters) unless the student no longer meets the criteria for having an assigned carrel. Library materials may not be left in assigned carrels unless the material is checked out to the person assigned to that carrel. For information about carrel availability, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

  • First week of Fall semester:
    • Tutors:  Each course tutor is assigned a carrel in the collaborative zone on the lower floor at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters. These carrels provide tutors a space to meet with their students. On occasion there are more tutors than available carrels in the collaborative zone. When this happens the overflow is assigned space elsewhere on the lower floor. If tutors choose to forego a lower floor carrel in favor of one on the upper floor then they will not be able to use the carrel to meet with students and must find another place for those meetings.
    • Research Assistants: RAs are assigned carrels on a first-come, first-served basis during the first week of Fall semester. If an RA is hired later in the school year they should inquire at the Circulation Desk about carrel availability.
  • Second week of Fall semester: Remaining carrels are available for assignment to 3L students on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Third week of Fall semester: Remaining carrels are available for assignment to 1Ls, 2Ls, and MSLs on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • UNM School of Law December and May graduates who are studying for the bar exam qualify for a carrel upon submission of a carrel request form.

Open Carrels

Four carrels, located on the lower floor near the pro se materials, are permanently identified as “open.” No personal items, research, or library materials may be left in open carrels. The open carrels are cleared out each night.

Group Study Dens

Four conference rooms are available to UNM law school students, faculty, and staff.

  • Reservations are made and room keys are checked out at the circulation desk
  • Reservations are limited to two hours per day, per group, and are accepted one day in advance
  • Use of the room may be extended at the end of the two-hour period if another group has not reserved the room
  • Reservations are held until ten minutes past the scheduled start time
  • Library materials used in the study rooms must be re-shelved.

The rooms are locked during business hours to ensure they are used exclusively by the law school community and so that personal items can be secure when the user steps away. The doors are unlocked after hours, when access to the Library is limited to UNM law students.

Law Library Contacts

(505) 277-0935

(505) 277-6236
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