In order to provide an environment conducive to learning, all patrons are expected to respect the rights of others when using the library. Any offensive conduct or language within the library should be reported to a library staff member. Threatening or dangerous behavior will be reported to UDC Campus Police immediately.
Although the UDC Law Library is primarily for the use of current UDC Law faculty, students, and staff, the law library also is open to the public and non-law UDC affiliates. Non-law UDC affiliates may access the library during Reference and Circulation Desk hours. Public hours are posted separately on the law library’s website. During weekends, holidays, and law school exam periods, access to the law library is restricted to UDC Law students, faculty, and staff.
Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult at all times in the Library.
Use of law library study spaces is available to current law students, faculty, and staff 24/7. Library staff are not in the law library outside posted service hours, nor do they respond to emails and phone calls. Students should not let anyone in except themselves, nor should students prop open doors. Campus police periodically patrol the Library Level while the service desks are closed. If you have an emergency, call Campus Police at 202-274-5050.
Reserve items primarily include current editions of required casebooks for the semester and study aids. These materials circulate to law students and staff for 2 hours. Neither holds nor renewals are permitted. Within 2 hours of the circulation desk closing, UDC Law borrowers may check out reserve materials overnight. These items are due 1 hour after the circulation desk opens the following business day. Overdue reserve items will be assessed a $1 fine for every hour they are overdue. Once an overdue item hits $75 in fines, the patron will be charged the standard lost item fee. Outside service hours, UDC Law patrons may drop reserve items in the book return located next to the circulation desk. Items in the book return will be checked in immediately upon the circulation desk opening every business day.
UDC Law Library patrons are expected to be respectful of other library users. To foster an atmosphere conducive to studying, please speak in a low tone, observe designated quiet areas, do not play music aloud anywhere in the law school, and keep the volume of music played through ear buds/phones low enough that the person sitting next to you cannot hear the music. The noise policy applies to the entire Library Level, including the elevator lobby and student printing area.
Cell phones should be set on vibrate or silent mode while you are in the Library Level or in any study room in the law school. Cell phone conversations are prohibited in all areas of the Library Level, with the exception of clinic offices. Clinic office doors should be closed while engaged in conversation. The cell phone policy applies to the entire Library Level, including the elevator lobby and student printing area. Cell phone calls should be made and received in 1st floor lobby of the law school, not in the Library Level or study rooms.
UDC Law Library patrons are expected to be respectful of other library patrons and library property. Snacks are permitted in the law library, but patrons are responsible for properly disposing their trash and keeping library spaces clean. General food and beverage rules are as follows:
Moving library and study room furniture is strictly prohibited.
The law library is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal items. Unattended personal items will be removed. The circulation desk is the temporary repository for personal items found in the Library Level and all study rooms, including unattended items. Every Friday at 4:00 p.m., unclaimed items will be sent to Campus Police, which is located in Building 39, Room C04.
Please notify a member of the library staff if any library materials or furnishings are in need of repair. Damaging furniture, books, equipment, or any other library property is prohibited. Persons responsible for such damage will be charged the costs of necessary repairs or replacement.
The mutilation, defacement, or unauthorized removal of library books, equipment, and other materials is prohibited. Defacement and mutilation includes writing or highlighting in library books.
Activities prohibited in the law library include, but are not limited to:
Campus police periodically patrol the Library Level while the service desks are closed. If you have an emergency, call Campus Police at 202-274-5050.
In cases of exceptional or repeated violation of library policies, the library reserves the right to revoke or refuse access to our facilities. Repeated or egregious violations of library policies by students will be considered violations of the Honor System Volume II of the Student Handbook.