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Pritzker Legal Research Center


Until further notice, the Pritzker Legal Research Center is only open to current Northwestern Law students, faculty, and staff.

Students must complete the Symptom Monitoring Survey each day before arriving on campus.  Students must comply with all University COVID-19 guidelines, including social & physical distancing and wearing a mask at all times while in the library.

The following building access policy will determine student access to the library.

Students enrolled in classes with on-campus, in-person sessions, will have their Wildcards programmed for access to the building for each day the class is in session. Students must complete the symptom monitoring form or app no more than two hours prior to arrival on campus each day you plan to be on campus. Students will access the building only via the 375 East Chicago Ave. door (Rubloff), and will display the approved (green) status to the security officer on duty to enter the building.

Remote students and students who would like access to the Law School Campus on days that they are not scheduled for in-person classes may do so by filling out the access request form here. Access must be requested at least 3 business days in advance.

Please keep in mind that the City of Chicago has implemented strict building density requirements. Overall capacity of Law School buildings has been limited to 25%.  Requests will be processed as they are received. While we will make every effort to accommodate student requests to access the building for purposes unrelated to class attendance, access only will be granted provided that we have available capacity under the city guidelines.

Please only select the days that you plan to utilize, as access is limited due to reduced allowable density in the buildings.

Law School hours of operation for fall term will be Monday - Friday 7am-10pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9am-4pm. The buildings will be cleared at the end of business hours to allow for the custodial team to clean.

In the event that a student is having difficulty with a Wildcard, please contact Law School Facilities at (312) 503-5753 during normal business hours M-F 8:30-5:30.


Patron Code of Conduct

The Pritzker Legal Research Center strives to provide collections, facilities, and services that support the scholarly mission of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. To foster an environment conducive to study and research, all users are expected to abide by the library's policies and guidelines, including the following:

  • Under the library's access policy, the library grants temporary and revocable access privileges to certain groups of users whose needs meet the secondary missions of the library. It is the responsibility of visitors to provide credentials to prove that they meet the access criteria.
  • Upon each entry, approved visitors must provide valid photo identification and credentials proving they meet the access criteria and sign in at the circulation desk.
  • Disruptive behavior is detrimental to the library's mission and to staff and patron safety and can result in immediate forfeiture of library privileges. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Failing or refusing to sign in and show proper credentials each time the library is entered;
    • Abusing, threatening, or intimidating library staff or patrons through language or actions;
    • Disturbing students or staff by unwanted advances, questioning, or solicitation of legal advice;
    • Using library telephones or other equipment, entering staff areas of the library, or talking on cell phones in the library;
    • Exhibiting signs of drunkenness or other substance abuse.
  • Users who have been granted access on the grounds of their need to use the library's government depository collection shall only use government depository materials while in the library.
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the library or remaining in the library during emergency evacuations or drills is prohibited.
  • Users must respect the library materials, furniture, and equipment. Removal or attempted removal of library materials or property without checking them out or without authorization is also prohibited.
  • Smoking or using smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all areas of the library.

Persons who violate any one of these policies may lose their privileges to use the Pritzker Legal Research Center, may be removed by University Police, may be subject to Northwestern University disciplinary actions, and/or be subject to criminal prosecution or other legal action, as appropriate.