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The primary mission of the law library is to serve the educational and research needs of the JSW Law community and, in so doing, to advance the development of legal scholarship and research in Bhutan. To fulfill this mission, the law library must make itself a leader in the collection and dissemination of legal information for its main population: the students and faculty of JSW Law. The law library must also develop resources to become a premier research institution and repository on Bhutanese law and culture for JSW Law and the public. The law library will create, acquire, develop, and support those services and resources needed to further this mission.

An academic law library serves many populations. The most important of these is the students and the faculty of the law school itself: their needs drive the collection of resources, and we bear a fundamental responsibility to the legal academic community. However, other user populations must be considered when developing the law library collection. These include researchers from other academic institutions and centers, the staff of JSW Law, the practicing bar, librarians from other institutions, and the general public.

The law library must build collections for anticipated needs as well as current needs. Our collection must contain not only general information sources to support the law school’s mission of education and research, but also specialized legal and interdisciplinary resources to further the study of Bhutanese law. The law library will continue to collect from among the expanding variety of formats in which legal information is available – print, microformat, digital – while keeping an eye on developing formats for future investment. The law library will provide access to its collections using appropriate storage, access, and communications technologies. It will preserve the information in its collections for present and future generations, using international best practices.

A library is not just its collection, but also its services. These include simple research and reference support, document delivery services, bibliographic instruction for library users, and the production of library research publications.

As the first academic law library in Bhutan, the law library endeavors to participate in the legal and library communities at home and abroad. This can include co-operative agreements with other institutions for sharing resources, participation in national and international library associations, and supporting community initiatives.

Learn About Library Policy

Library Hours

Monday thru Friday – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Evenings and Weekends – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Reference/Research Service – By appointment (Email:

Visit our hours page for specific service hours.

Library Policy

Responsibilities of library users


Alcohol is strictly prohibited in the library. 

Non-alcoholic drinks in covered containers are permitted throughout library spaces, with the exception where the book stacks are.


Food of any kind is prohibited in the library. 

Waste Disposal and Cleanup 

Please clean up and dispose of all trash, including beverage containers, in a designated waste bin when your leave.  Space should be left clean.  Notify Library staff of any spills. 

Providing a clean and pest-free environment is an important part of the Library’s preservation program.


Library users who are not complying with the library’s food and drink policy will be notified of the policy and ask to abide by it.  Users who fail to abide by the policy will be asked to relocate to an appropriate space or leave the library. 

Quite Study & Collaboration 

Ear plugs are available at the circulation desks (I hope to buy some ear plugs/headphones).  Please help us to provide a quite study environment in the library.  Reserve study room for your conversation and collaboration.   Study rooms may be reserved through “Reserve study room”.

Music/Video players should be used with headphones set at a volume that does not disturb others. 

Cell Phones 

Cell phone use is allowed in the study rooms only. 

No Smoking/Vaping 

Smoking and vaping are not permitted anywhere in the library. 

Lost & Found 

Please do not leave personal belongings in the library when departing the building for class or meals.  All users should have an opportunity to study at an unoccupied seat.  Personal property left anywhere in the library is delivered to the Circulation desk. And will be kept in Lost & Found (note:  Create a space for lost and found in the library beside circulation desk).  

Photographing, Videotaping and Filming 

In order to respect the privacy of our users and to maintain the library as a place for quite study, photography, videotaping and filming within the library is not allowed.  On occasions, special arrangements can be made, however, permission must be obtained in advance from the head of the library. 

Use of Library Resources

Every user of the library has a responsibility to safeguard the integrity of library resources; to respect the restrictions placed on access to, and the use of, those resources; to report to library staffs the theft, destruction or misuse of those resource by others; and to respect the rights of others to the quite use of the library.  Library staff are authorized to take appropriate action to ensure the safety and security of the library space, resources, and patrons. 

Library users who fail to comply with library rules and regulations may be subject to revocation of library privileges, disciplinary actions, and legal prosecution.  In particular, the unauthorized removal from a library of any book, manuscripts, microform, or other materials or property and the destruction, defacement, or abuse of the library materials or other resources are matters of grave concern.   All library users will be subject to the fines and penalties as per the law school’s policy.  

Study Room Policy

Study Rooms can only be checked out with your student card and staff card. 

  • Groups have priority over individuals
  • Students, faculty, and staff have priority over non-affiliated members

Time Period

  • Rooms check out for 2 hours at a time
  • Rooms can be renewed for one additional check out period unless others are waiting


  • Rooms may be reserved up to 48 hours in advance. Please notify us if you are unable to come
  • Reservations made on a continuing basis are allowed only by Faculty

All library policies apply

  • Drinks with lids are allowed. Food is not allowed in the library.

 Library Form

Book requestion form (note: Develop form)

Study Room Reserve Form (note: Develop form)

Reserve conference and classroom form  (note: Develop form)

Library Resources

LibGuides (note:  to develop libguides for course offered in JSW Law)

On Campus Online Resource :
JSW Law Elgar E-Collection
Hein Online
GOALi (Research4Life)
University of Chicago Press Journals

Access Digital or Physical Materials ( catalog)

Library Services for Persons With Disabilities

JSW School of Law library is committed to making its collections accessible to all scholars and researchers. Our service to users is the topmost priority.  The library is user or access friendly for persons with disabilities.   If you are visiting the library, it is wheelchair accessible.  Ramps are located at the entrance to ground floor.  Other two floors of the library building can be accessed using lift or elevator.  

For inaccessible portions of the stacks who have disabilities that prevent them from accessing materials, material retrieval service is available.  Please consult Circulation staff for assistant.  Therefore, users with disabilities who need special assistance accessing library services or materials are encouraged to contact us to make arrangements in advance.  Please contact circulation librarian or email