The Law Library was officially established in 1972, in line with the establishment of the Faculty of Law. Prior to the collection of laws placed under the Main Library collection, University of Malaya.
On 18 June 1999, the Law Library moved into a new building and named Law Library Tan Sri Professor Ahmad Ibrahim to appreciate his contributions to the Faculty of Law and Law Library.
The Law Library’s collection is currently the largest and the most comprehensive collection of legal resources in Malaysia. The collection to date stands as at 113,000 volumes, these collections are divided and stacked into distinct groups:
- Malaysiana Collection
Books on Malaysia or by Malaysian published locally or overseas, comprising of both primary and secondary sources of law namely statutes, law reports, textbook, journals, theses and dissertations, government gazettes and parliamentary debates. This collection is located at the Ground Floor.
- International Law Collection
Resources relating to treaties and treaty status information, materials concerning the jurisprudence of international courts and tribunals, selected United Nations publications and official documentation and selected scholarly writings in international law, including publications and journals as well as information on research guides.
- Government Publications
Documents and information produced by government departments. They include parliamentary publications, legislation, policy documents, discussion documents, statistics and reports.
- Reference Collection
This collection is located at Level 1 of the Law Library. The materials can be used within the library only. The reference collection comprises of reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, guide books, Halsbury’s, digests, maxims, handbooks, yearbooks, abstracts, citators, and indexes.
- Media Collection
Located at Level 2, the media collection includes the Law Library’s research collections in audio and video cassette and CD-ROMs formats.
- Closed Access Collection
Located at 2nd Floor the collection consists of theses, dissertations, research projects, academic exercises, unpublished conference papers and loose leaf. This collection can only be accessed by Library staff whom will retrieve items upon request.
- Textbook Collection
Textbook are books found in the subject syllabus offered by the Law Faculty. Located at Ground Floor, it is used within the library.
- Commonwealth & Non-Commonwealth Reports Collection
Located at the 1st Floor, it consists of court cases on various jurisdictions, namely India, Pakistan, Australia, United Kingdom and United States.
- Free Range Reading Collection
Materials in this collection comprise of light reading materials covering fiction, general knowledge, health, psychology, motivation and novels.
• Braille Collection
Located at Ground Floor, there are up to 300 titles that can be used by the students with sight impaired.
- Collection of Electronic Databases
Libraries subscribe to databases in various fields including electronic journals, electronic books and citation index. This database can be accessed via an interactive Web portal sites in http://www.diglib.um.edu.my/interaktif Library.
Services And Facilities
- Reference Services
Reference and information services are provided by qualified professional librarians to the teaching staff and students of University of Malaya as well as to the academicians, researchers from other local and foreign universities, legal practitioners, members of the judiciary and external members of the Library.
- Updating Malaysian Laws
The federal and states laws which represent primary sources of law are available and continuously updated with changes made by the Malaysian Parliament and the respective State Legislative Assemblies.
11 carrels are available for postgraduate students. Interested students are advised to register at the Information Counter. There is also a carrel for students with sight impaired.
- Discussion Rooms
4 Discussion rooms which can easily accommodate 8 users at any time are available. Kindly proceed to Information Counter for reservation.
Photocopying services operated by commercial vendors are provided. There are staff-operated and self-service photocopying services. Photocopying must adhere to copyright laws in Malaysia.
Self-service printing facility is available on the Ground Floor and maintained by private companies. Users should ensure campus card has been registered and have sufficient credits to use this service.
- Document Supply
The services are provided for all academic staffs and postgraduate students and final year undergraduate students. Users who need this service may contact the Reference Librarian at the Ground Floor.
Computing facilities are available. There are 30 computer workstations for users to access library electronic resources and to navigate the internet.
- Wifi Access
Centre of Information Technology provides access to the ‘internet without wire’ or WiFi to users who have laptops in the Library.
- Reading Areas
Reading areas are available on every floor. There is `Quiet Zone’ in Level 2 in response to requests from students for a silent place to study.
The Law Library is essentially a reference library, and as such most of the collections are used within the library premises. However Free Range Reading Collection is loanable for two weeks. Academic members of Faculty of Law, postgraduates and final year students are allowed to borrow the
second copy of Textbook Collection for a limited period. Academic Core Collection consists of text books suggested by lecturers are available at the Ground Floor can be borrowed for 3 days.
Users can read the newspapers provided at Ground Floor Library. Newspapers available are:
- New Straits Times, New Sunday Times
- Utusan Malaysia
- The Sun
- Locker / Rack Storage Bag
Users can store their goods here. However, the Library will not be responsible for any loss of goods stored in the locker.
About Lisdar Abdul Wahid
As the head of the law library I manage legal resources efficiently and effectively as we provide legal reference services and instruction to the law school’s faculty, staff, researchers, students and the general public. I also involved in all planning and in the implementation of any decisions that affect the law library.