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Library Environment

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. 

Access Policy

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. Children under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult at all times in the Library. Service hours for the UDC Law community and the general public are posted on the law library’s website.

During law school exam periods, access to the law library is restricted to UDC Law students, faculty, and staff.

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

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.

Noise

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

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.

Food & Beverage

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:

  • Patrons may drink beverages from containers with secured lids, such as travel mugs, in all areas of the law library except near the scanners, copiers, and computers. Alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.
  • Patrons may eat items such as fruit, cold sandwiches, and candy bars in most areas of the Library.
  • Noisy, aromatic, greasy, or messy foods – such as pizza, soup, tacos, burgers, noodles, and cooked sandwiches – are not permitted in either the Library Level or the study rooms throughout the law school. These types of foods should instead be eaten in the Student Lounge / Open Market Café.
  • Patrons are expected to clean up any food or drink spills. If the spill is large and requires cleaning from the maintenance staff, clean it up as well as you can and notify the circulation desk staff immediately.

Study Rooms

  • Priority use of study rooms throughout the law school is given to UDC Law students who've reserved study rooms through the online system.
  • Law students can reserve study rooms via the "Reserve a Study Room" link on the law library's website using their UDC Law email address and University ID (N) number.
  • Study rooms may be reserved online up to 3 hours per day.
  • Users may have drinks in the room if they are in containers with secured lids. Snacks are permitted; meals are not permitted. Please reference the law library’s food and beverage policy for more information.
  • Users are responsible for removing all trash from the room before leaving. 
  • Furniture is not to be moved.
  • Users are responsible for their personal property at all times and should never leave items unattended. Unattended items will be removed and stored at the circulation desk. Every Friday at 4:00 p.m., unclaimed items will be sent to Campus Police, which is located in Building 39, Room C04. 
  • The law school is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property.
  • Students are expected to be respectful and vacate study rooms during times reserved by other students. 
  • Students can use their booking confirmation email as proof of their reservation for a room.
  • Students should report any issues involving study rooms by visiting the circulation desk on the Library Level,  calling (202) 274-7310, or emailing lawlibraryhelp@udc.edu.

Library Furniture

Moving library and study room furniture is strictly prohibited.

Unattended Items

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. 

Library Property

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.

Damage & Theft of Library Materials

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.

Prohibited Activities

Activities prohibited in the law library include, but are not limited to:

  • Exhibiting threatening or intimidating behaviors, e.g., abusive language, threats of violence, or harassment.
  • Engaging in behavior that is potentially unsafe or harmful to self or others.
  • Engaging in sexual activities, indecent exposure, harassment, or making unwanted or inappropriate advances.
  • Using alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substances.
  • Leaving children under the age of 16 unsupervised.
  • Creating disturbances with disruptive noise, e.g., loud talking or audible electronic devices.
  • Vending, peddling, soliciting, or petitioning in the law library
  • Posting or distributing materials without permission.
  • Disturbing library users who are studying.
  • Disturbing others with strong odors, e.g., perfumes, alcohol, or unsanitary personal conditions.
  • Consuming food or drink in areas where they are prohibited.
  • Bringing animals, other than service animals, into law library.
  • Blocking means of egress, e.g., entrances, ramps and stairways.
  • Denying access to law library materials through theft or deliberate misplacement.
  • Defacing or damaging library materials including, but not limited to, underlining, highlighting, writing, or removing pages or security devices.
  • Misusing, misappropriating, damaging, or defacing library furniture, buildings, or equipment.
  • Leaving personal belongings unattended.

Campus Police

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.

Policy Compliance

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.