Policies

Borrowing/Circulation Policy

All patrons have access to the Law Library's full print collection.  Archival materials, microforms, loose-leafs, session laws, codes, digests, etc. may not be removed from the Law School building.  To check out an item, please visit the Circulation Desk or any of the self-checkout machines located on levels 1, 1A, 2, and 3.  Please return or renew items prior to their due date and promptly return items when recalled.  Adjustments to circulation periods may occur during exam periods, holidays and academic breaks.

Loan Periods

Biographies, Escape Hatch, New Faculty Publications, and New Titles (level 3):  3 weeks w/2 renewals  

Electronics & Peripherals (i.e., headphones, power cords, chargers, etc.), Laptops and iPads  (level 3 at Circulation Desk):  48 hours w/2 renewals  

General Collection (levels 1A & 1), Federal Documents (level 1A), History Room (level 2), and Career Strategy (level 3):

Faculty & Staff - 180 days w/2 renewals

Students & Local Patrons - 3 weeks w/2 renewals   

Main Reading Room Materials (level 3A): 48 hours w/2 renewals 

Reserve Room (including umbrellas, puzzles, games, etc.) and Bar Collection (level 3):  48 hours w/2 renewals  

Note: If a law student has overdue items checked out, no additional library materials may be circulated until previous items have been returned or renewed.   

Electronic Databases

Access to electronic databases is governed by license agreements for the associated company.  Access to many databases is available to all users who are physically located on the W&L campus at the time of access.  (Note: Access to Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg Law is only available via individual passwords issued to law students or upon arrival for law faculty members. These passwords are valid for a term of three years for law students or for the term of employment for law faculty, subject to limitations.)     

Fines & Fees

The Law Library assesses fines for all overdue materials.  For materials within the general and Escape Hatch collections, fines in the amount of $1.00 per day will be assessed; return of materials within 7 days of the original due ("Grace Period") date will result in a waiver of all fines.  For materials within the Reserve Room, fines in the amount of $1.00 per hour will be assessed; return of materials within 24 hours ("Grace Period") will result in a waiver of all fines.  Items returned after the Grace Period will be assessed full fines.   

Failure to return materials will result in a fee equaling the replacement cost of the item plus any corresponding processing fees.  Please contact Bonnie Gates at GatesB@wlu.edu or the circulation desk (540-458-8552) to make arrangements if circumstances prevent the timely return of materials.  

Law Library Stacking Policy

"Stacking" is the practice of leaving library and other study materials in common library spaces.  Stacking is permitted in all areas of the library except in the reserve room and Law Library study rooms.  The Law Library reserves the right to revoke the stacking privilege.  Personal items are not protected by a stacking permit and, for security reasons, should not be left in common library spaces.  

Place a stacking permit for the current date on top of the materials in use.   

  • Stacking is permitted Monday - Friday during the hours of 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.  Overnight stacking is not permitted.
  • Stacking permits are available Monday - Friday beginning at 8am at the circulation desk on level 3. Please pick up and complete a stacking permit for each week day.
  • Stacks without the current daily permit will be broken by library staff each morning.
  • The stacking privilege is not permission to "homestead" or monopolize space in the Law Library.
  • Stacking permits are not required for materials in a student's carrel.
  • Items collected when stacks are broken will be available in the Burks' Office for three (3) days.  Items must be retrieved by the owner.