Published on June 22, 2020  
While the Lucille Stewart Beeson Law Library has been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many questions have been asked concerning the availability of resources and services. The following are answers to some of those questions.
Is there any way that I can check out a book from the law library?
Unfortunately, because the law library is closed at this time, there is no way to check out any print materials. However, through the Online Library (a collection of databases), many materials (including e-books) are available for research and study.  Please take time to explore the many online resources that are available.
Will I be fined for any of the books that I checked out while the law library was open?
The law library is waiving all fines for all current students of Samford University which were accrued as of the date of the closing of the campus on March 16, 2020 and no fines will be imposed until the campus reopens and on-campus law classes have resumed. For additional information about fines, please read the blog post titled Library Fines and Returning Law Library Materials.
Are there any study aids available online?
Yes, many study aids are available online. Three databases should be consulted for online study aids: LexisNexis Study Aids, West Academic Study Aids, and Wolters Kluwer Online Study Aid Library. Also, please take time to consult the law library’s Online Study Aids research guide (which is updated on a regular basis).
How do I log onto library databases when I am away from campus?
For many databases, you can log on with the same username and password that you use to log onto your Samford email. For other databases (such as Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw), you will need to set up your own account and logon information. If you have any questions about accessing any of the databases, please feel free to send an email to
Where can I find information about when the library will re-open?
Please continue to check the law library’s website for the latest information concerning our re-open date. The site will be updated whenever any new information becomes available.
Are there any librarians available to help me with my research while the law library building is closed?
Yes! Please do not hesitate to contact one of our reference librarians, Edward L. Craig Jr.  or Leigh A. Jones ( You can also contact us by sending an email to