Saturday, January 20th- 3:45:pm

Law Library Materials and Resources


The Law Library contains a vast array of resources for legal research. The bulk of the materials are located on the first floor of the library, but many useful titles may be found on the Mezzannine level. No library materials are to be checked out. The Law Library is a reference library.

The following is an illustrative, non-exhaustive list of some of the key items available in the library.


Main Floor

The first floor houses the core collection of research materials in the Shelby County Law Library.

  • State and Regional Reporters*U.S. Materials
  • Atlantic ReporterUnited States Reporter
  • California ReporterUnited States Bankruptcy Reporter
  • New York SupplementAmerican Law Reports
  • Northeastern ReporterUnited States Supreme Court Reporter
  • Northwestern Reporter6th-10th Decennial Digests
  • Pacific ReporterUnited States Code Service
  • Southern ReporterUnited States Code Annotated
  • Southeastern ReporterU.S. Code Congressional & Admin. News
  • Southwestern ReporterFederal Reporter
  • Federal Supplement
  • Federal Practice and Procedure Digest 1st-4th
  • Federal Rules Decisions

* Older editions of the state and regional reporters are located along the second floor, north wall.

  • The center aisle contains research materials organized by subject area. Legal areas of note include Bankruptcy, Workers' Compensation, Family Law, and many more.
  • The Corpus Juris Secundum, American Law Reports, American Jurisprudence, Proof of Facts, Restatements, Words and Phrases, and other legal aides are also available on the main floor.


Justice Andrew O. Holmes Reading Room

The Reading Room contains most of the library's collection of Tennessee Law plus periodical literature. The Reading Room houses the Tennessee Digests, 

  • Tennessee Code Annotated, Tennessee Jurisprudence, Tennessee Public Acts, Tennessee Attorney General Opinions, and the Official Rules and Regulations of the State of Tennessee. The Reading Room also houses the old Tennessee Chancery Reports, Tennessee Appellate Reports, and the Tennessee Court of Civil Appeals Reports. The current Tennessee Decisions are also found in the Reading Room. The Reserve Room, which adjoins the Reading Room, contains additional Tennessee Materials.
  • The Tennessee Attorney General no longer publishes it's opinions through the slip opinion service as of January 2000. The Attorney General's Opinions are accessible online at
  • The Tennessee Supreme Court Opinions are also available on the Internet at


Reserve Room

The Reserve Room is located in the center of the library behind the Information Desk. It is a Ready-Reference room.


Second Floor

  • Memphis City Directories
  • The Law Library has the largest collection of Memphis City Directories outside the Main Branch of the Memphis and Shelby County Public Library.
  • Current State Codes
  • The Law Library has a collection of updated state statutes located on the second floor. The Collection includes:
  • Arkansas*Missouri
  • AlabamaNew York
  • GeorgiaNorth Carolina
  • KentuckyPennsylvania
  • Mississippi*Texas
  • * Denotes that State Digests are also available for the state.
  • Law Reviews
  • The Law Library has an extensive collection of updated law review materials located on the second floor. The Index to Legal Periodicals & Books is also found on the second floor, and is helpful when researching law reviews. The collection includes:
  • Arkansas Law ReviewTennessee Law Review
  • California Law ReviewTexas Law Review
  • Columbia Law ReviewUniversity of Chicago Law Review
  • Cornell Law ReviewUniversity of Memphis Law Review*
  • Harvard Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law Review
  • Michigan Law ReviewVanderbilt Law Review
  • Mississippi Law JournalVirginia Law Review
  • New York University Law ReviewYale Law Journal
  • Southern Methodist University Law Review

*Denotes that The University of Memphis Law Review is located in the Reserve Room on the first floor.


English Reports

The Law Library has nearly a complete edition of the English Reports, which includes both the Queen and King's Bench.


Historical Tennessee Collection

The Law Library has a collection of some of the past editions of the Tennessee 


Code Annotated, which is helpful for historical research. The second floor also contains some older editions of the Tennessee Public Acts, and some older editions of the Tennessee House Journal and Senate Journal. The Laws of North Carolina, which were published in 1800, may be helpful with Tennessee historical research, and may be found in the library office.


Historical State Reporters

The library has a collection of historical state reporters, which includes all state reporters that were published before the West Regional Reporters. One collection of significance is the Territory of Alaska Reports.


Labor Law

The second floor contains a collection of the Labor Cases and the Employment Practice Decisions.


Tax Materials

The library has a variety of tax materials that includes:

  • Tax Court Decisions
  • U.S. Tax Cases 
  • CCH Standard Federal Tax Reporter 
  • Federal Tax Regulations
  • U.S. Tax Court Reports
  • Additional Federal Materials 
  • The second floor contains additional federal materials including:
  • Code of Federal Regulations (current for four years) 
  • Federal Trade Commission Decisions 
  • Federal Claims Reporter


Old Text Books

The Law Library contains a variety of old textbooks on the second floor. One volume set of significance is the Commentaries on the Laws of England by Sir William Blackstone edited by Thomas M. Cooley.


The Commercial Appeal

The library has a collection of older editions of The Commercial Appeal from 1966-1989.