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Chastek Library Information

For Attorneys

COVID-19 Update: Per COVID-19 policies, attorneys and affiliated attorneys are currently not allowed entrance to Chastek Library. We are not processing affiliate card requests from law bar community members at this time.



Area attorneys who would like after-hours and weekend access may request an Affiliate Access Card (AAC) by filling out the request form at the circulation desk, or by downloading and emailing the form below. Once the request form is filled out, a GU ID number will be created in the Registrar's office. Card Services requires an Affiliate Form to be completed and signed by either the Library Director or the Head of Public Services Librarian. Once the form is completed, the requestor will come pick it up from the circulation desk, and, with a valid photo ID, go to Card Services in Crosby Center, Suite 001.

This card will allow the holder access to the library after 6pm until closing, Monday - Thursday, and on weekends during law school community hours. Without the affiliate card, attorneys are held to the public patron access policy, found here.

Library hours may be found here.

This process may take several days from start to finish.


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 above). Cards are free.

**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 here.


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.

Chastek Library, Gonzaga University School of Law | 721 N. Cincinnati St. Spokane, WA 99220-3528 | 509.313.3758