1L Guide for Orientation

This guide is designed to assist first year students, and transfer students, navigate through the orientation process.

Welcome 1Ls

Greetings and Welcome to Santa Clara Law's

Heafey Law Library.

The library staff is excited you are here, and we would like to be your 'partner in research' over the next few years.  This guide is set up to provide you with basic information regarding the library, law school, and campus.

We hope you find it gives you the information you need to make your first days at Santa Clara comfortable.

About the Law Library

The Edwin A. Heafey Law Library houses the basic legal reference and research collection for the students and faculty at the School of Law. The Heafey Law Library underwent a $6 million expansion and renovation in 1988. The law library now occupies approximately 40,000 square feet of space and offers student conference rooms, computer labs, a wireless network, enhanced audio-visual capabilities, and increased student seating for over 400 students. The collection totals over 350,000 volumes in both hard copy and microfilm. Additionally, the library currently has over 100 network connections available in the study areas of the library. 

Law Library's Mission and Goals

The law library's primary mission is threefold:

First, to support Santa Clara University School of Law's goal to excel in preparing its students to meet the challenges of a legal profession that is increasingly global, technologically sophisticated, and culturally diverse.

Second, to provide a collection that supports the teaching, research, and writing programs of the faculty and students of the law school.

Third, to provide access to the collection by assisting and instructing faculty and students in utilizing the collection.

In carrying out the second and third components of the library's mission, the library will achieve the first part of its mission to support the law school in preparing its students to meet the challenge of the legal profession. In fulfilling this mission, the library assumes responsibility for providing basic legal materials needed for the Santa Clara University community. 

The library has two primary goals:

First, to maintain an up-to-date collection that will keep pace with developing areas of the law and law related professions, as well as the changing needs of the law school curriculum. It is important that the collection evolves as the law evolves.

Second, to strive for excellence in providing both access to information and service to the library's patrons.

Meet the staff...

Whit Alexander


Prano Amjadi
Associate Director for Research and Information Servicesr

Prano Amjadi

Maria Barnard

Diane Cascio
Acquistions Manager

Diane Cascio

Mary Sue Crawford
Acquisitions Information Specialist

Mary Sue Crawford

Tom Deguzman
Student Services Research Librarian

Thomas De Guzman

Agnes Lam
Aquisitions Information Specialist

Agnes Lam

Kristina Marcy
Information Services Specialist


Ellen Platt
Faculty Services Research Librarian

Ellen Platt

Maria Quinonez
Head of Information Services


Mary Sexton
Foreign, Comparative and International Law Research Librarian

Mary Sexton

Hazel Yabes
Information Services

Hazel Yabes


Research Services
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