Center for Access to Information (CAI)

The main goal of the Center for Access to Information (CAI) of the IAUSL is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students, by providing all the information needed in the different formats available. It also makes possible to the academic community to familiarize itself and master the new modern and constant emerging technologies that change research techniques.  The CAI acquires, organizes, storages and maintains information so as to make it readily available and easily retrievable for the academic community of IAUSL.

The CAI is at the forefront in Puerto Rico regarding the availability of online and data based legal information for its users. It is one of the most important legal libraries in Puerto Rico.

Physical Facilities: The CAI has 30,000 square feet in two floors, a shelving capacity of 25,160 linear feet of which 18,615 are being used and 6,545 are available for collection growth.  The growth in space has been made possible with the weeding and reduction of multiple copies.  The seating capacity is 292.  This includes ten small discussion rooms with a capacity of six persons per room for a total of sixty users.  There are forty-six individual study carrels and seventy-six seats in tables. Wireless connection is available in all IAUSL buildings.  Students and faculty are able to use and retrieve all online services outside of the CAI.  As a result of this, less seating capacity is needed.

CAI Opening hours: The CAI opens 95 hours a week every semester and during the summer session: that is Mondays through Thursdays from 8 am to 11pm, Fridays from 8am to 10 pm, Saturdays from 8 am to 9 pm and Sundays from 11am to 8 pm. In between semesters a shorter schedule is posted.  Normally it opens from 8 am to 8 pm. It closes during the academic and administrative recesses for Christmas and Holy Week.

CAI collection: The collection holds 206,108 volumes (this includes approximately a 72,000 volume equivalent in microforms) and subscribes to 11 online services. They are: Westlaw, Lexis, CALI, Hein Online, Legal Track, OCLC, EBRARY, Microjuris, Publicaciones JTS, and Lexjuris (the last three are in Spanish and geared towards Puerto Rican legislation and judicial matters).