Law library materials designated for circulation may be checked out by students, faculty, and staff of the law school using their UDC ID cards. Borrowers are responsible for materials checked out in their names.
Most of the Law Library's collection is in closed stacks and must be accessed by Law Library personnel. If unsure of an item’s location, a user should access the library catalog via https://udclaw.libguides.com/home and note the location, call number, and title. The user should take that information to the Circulation Desk. Library personnel will retrieve the material.
Fines begin to accumulate on the first day or the first hour after an item is overdue.
Please click the link here to view full circulation policy.
Faculty, staff, and students of the law school may check out books from the UDC’s main campus library. A valid UDC ID card must be presented at the time of checkout. The law library has no authority to waive fines and fees assessed by the university library.
Faculty, staff, and students of the law school may request materials not available in the law library or UDC’s main campus library through interlibrary loan, a system built on cooperative relationships established by participating libraries. Interlibrary loan materials are the property of the lending institution and circulated according to policies mandated by the lending institution. Failure to adhere to the policies of lending libraries jeopardizes UDC Law’s ability to borrow from other institutions; therefore, patrons are expected to adhere to the lending institutions circulation policies, including due dates.
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.
Food & Drink
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:
Study rooms are available exclusively for use by current UDC Law students for group study or for UDC Law alumni for bar exam study. Priority use of study rooms throughout the law school is given to UDC Law students who have reserved study rooms through the online system.
The law library will not hold or serve as a pick-up location for personal items belonging to students, staff, or faculty. Unattended personal items will be removed from study rooms and spaces. The circulation desk is the temporary repository for personal items found in the Library Level and all study rooms, but library staff is not responsible for loss, theft, or damage to personal items. Unattended personal items will be removed from study rooms and public spaces. Every Sunday at 11:00 a.m., unclaimed items will be sent to Campus Police, which is located in Building 39, Room C04.
Per D.C. Mun. Regs., Subtit. 8-B, §2201, items purchased or acquired by the library, regardless of the source of funds, are considered property of the Board of Trustees of the University of the District of Columbia. Therefore, replacement fees will be assessed for materials not returned to the library within the applicable period specified in the circulation policy.
The mutilation, defacement, or unauthorized removal of library books, equipment, and other materials is prohibited. Defacement and mutilation includes folding, tearing, writing, or highlighting in library books.
Please notify a member of the library staff if any library materials or furnishings are in need of repair. Moving furniture is strictly prohibited. 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.
Activities prohibited in the law library include, but are not limited to:
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.