For Attorneys

COVID-19 Update For 2022

Per Gonzaga University's Return to In-Person Instruction Guide 2021: The Chastek Library is closed to the general public. This is subject to change dependent on Gonzaga University's Return to Campus Operations guidance from the City of Spokane, Spokane County, and State of Washington.

Attorneys seeking access can find the Affiliate Access Zagcard Application (AAC) here.

Borrowing Privileges

General Public: Public patrons do not have borrowing privileges.

Attorneys: Gonzaga Law alumni, members of a state bar association, and local judges have borrowing privileges for Chastek Library materials only. To utilize borrowing privileges, please request an AAC (see AAC page). Cards are free. Replacement cards for lost AAC Zagcards is $30 and must be paid for by the cardholder.

**Foley Library materials: The undergraduate Foley Library will allow you to borrow materials once a Foley Community Card is purchased for $35. Additional information for Foley policies can be found below:

Legal Research

Attorneys without affiliate access cards (AAC) are welcome to use legal materials during the hours found here under General Public Hours. AAC holders have extended research hours. Professional research assistance is available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Limited reference assistance is available at other times. Please note that the library staff cannot give legal advice.

  • Primo - Library’s catalog is available to everyone.
  • Nolo’s Legal Encyclopedia - Thousands of free legal articles and other materials.
  • People’s Law Dictionary - Search the dictionary by word, phrase or legal term.
  • WEX - Collaboratively-edited legal dictionary and encyclopedia from Cornell Law School. Intended for law novices, including law students and lawyers entering new areas of law.
  • Research Guides - Collection of guides developed by Chastek librarians to assist patrons in their legal research using our collection; includes links to other research guide sources.
  • LexisNexis Academic - Sub-set of the full LexisNexis database. Limited public availability on computers in the library. U.S. federal & state case law, statutes, and regulations, Shepard’s Citations, and full-text coverage of over 6,000 titles in news, business, medical, and legal publications.
  • Other Legal Databases - Due to licensing agreements, subscription databases can only be accessed from inside the library. Some databases are not available to attorneys and the public. Documents or materials retrieved from computers inside the library can be printed or e-mailed.