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Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library

Special Collections Reading Room

Rare Books and Special Collections Archives Terms of Access

The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library's Special Collections Reading Room focuses on preserving rare books, special collections, and law school archival material.

Rare Books and Special Collections

The Special Collections Reading Room generally houses works printed prior to 1850. These titles require special care, need preservation work and in some instances may be considered rare. One will find among these:
  • Blackstone's Commentaries on the Law (1803);
  • Bacon's Abridgement of the Law (1798);
  • Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England (1809); and
  • Dalrymple's Essay toward a General History of Feudal Property Law (1758).
  • The Special Collections Reading Room also includes books of more recent vintage that are of unique interest to the law school community. For example, textbooks published by our early Deans, materials on the Inns of Court, the history of the Old Baily, and reminiscences of local Washington law firms are shelved here. Holding a place of special honor is a collection of mid-nineteenth century legal Americana donated by Professor Emeritus Maxwell Bloomfield.

    These and other rare books can be found in the Law Library's online catalog, Columbo, with a location of "Special Collections".


    The Archives Section of the Special Collections Reading Room has received a number of important donations over the past ten years. It is the repository of materials from several judges, former faculty and notable alumni. Most recently, the section has become home to the National Archive of Clinical Legal Education.

    The Archives Section also serves as a historical repository for the Columbus School of Law as evidenced through the collection and retention of materials illustrating the day-to-day public life of the institution. Likewise, analog videotapes and audiotapes of law school programs and events are stored here. Those wishing to access the Video Archive of Webcast Law School Programs and Events, which is maintained by the University's Center for Planning & Information Technology, may click on Links to more recent conferences and events appear in the the CUA Digital Media Services Calendar of Events.

    Terms of Access

    Hours of use are between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) by special arrangement and appointment. Visitors should contact the Reference Department (202-319-6284) for assistance during these hours.