Library Policies

General Information

The law librarians and staff strive to assist all those seeking legal information with the use of library printed and electronic materials through the use of in-person reference assistance, printed and electronic research guides and pathfinders, and maintenance of accurate and informative records in the University's online catalog.

Access Policy

The Law Library exists primarily to serve the needs of students, faculty, and staff of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. However, the library collection is also available to other University of Arizona faculty, staff, and students, local bar and bench, and members of the general public with a legitimate legal research need. Some library resources, such as the computer lab, digital materials, audio/visual materials and study rooms are available only to current law students.

All users are required to abide by the library's Conduct Policy and may be requested to formally sign in upon arrival. Admission to the library is during regularly scheduled hours only.

Circulation Policies

Members of the general public do not have circulation privileges but are welcome to use materials in the library for their legal research needs.

Many materials in the Law Library do not circulate.  Generally, only single volume treatises may be checked out to University faculty, students, and staff.  A CatCard is required to check out materials. College of Law alumni and members of the local bar are eligible for a Law Library Community User Card, which allows them to check out circulating materials. Obtaining a Law Library Community User Card requires completion of an application form, which is available at the Circulation Desk.

All checked-out items are subject to recall at any time. Renewals can be made through the "My Library Account" portion of the library's search page.  Although the Law Library does not impose fines, items are expected to be returned by the date due. Items not returned may result in a block on your borrowing privileges.  

Materials on Course Reserves may be checked out for two hours for in-library use only. Patrons without a CatCard will be asked to leave a valid form of official identification (e.g., bar card, drivers license) at the Reserve Desk until the item is returned. 

The Law Library reserves the right to revoke circulation privileges for anyone abusing these privileges or refusing to follow library policies.

Collection Development Policy

The Law Library has a collection development policy to guide the acquisition of materials and the maintenance of the collection.

Conduct Policy

The College of Law premises are not a place of unrestricted public access. The use of the College of Law is restricted to faculty and students of the College of Law and to others who have a specific legal research need. (Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual, Section 7-201; Resolution Adopted by the College of Law Faculty, 8/29/94)

Users of the Law Library expect to have:

  • Access to a wide array of library materials in their entirety and in unmarked condition.
  • An atmosphere conducive to study and research.

To ensure a pleasant and productive environment for study and research for all users, the Library Conduct Policy expects all users to refrain from the following activities:

  • Removing or attempting to remove library materials or property without formal check-out or other authorization.
  • Smoking or using smokeless tobacco within the library.
  • Mutilating library materials by marking, underlining, removing pages, or damaging or defacing them in any other way.
  • Preempting or limiting the availability of materials to other users in any way.
  • Leaving books, materials, or personal property on tables or carrels when leaving the library for any extended period. All personal belongings should be taken with you when exiting the library. All library materials in unreserved carrels will be shelved daily.
  • Engaging in disruptive behavior or activities (audible use of pagers, cellular phones, and dictation equipment; rowdiness; noise; inappropriate sexual behavior).
  • Personal use of public access computers.
  • Being in unauthorized areas of the library or remaining in the library after closing or when requested to leave (emergency situations and drills included).
  • Bringing in firearms or other weapons.
  • Bringing in personal belongings not essential to the research undertaking (bedrolls, blankets, frame backpacks or large duffel bags, etc.).
  • Bathing in or other misuse of restrooms.
  • Bringing in animals or pets (except for service animals as defined in 28 C.F.R. §36.104).

Misuse of the library is a violation of Section 5-303, Prohibited Conduct of the Arizona Board of Regents Code of Conduct. The library will actively pursue disciplinary action, prosecution or other legal action for above offenses.

Persons who commit, or attempt to commit, offenses stated in the Code of Conduct and the Library Conduct Policy, whether a member of the University community or not, may be asked to leave the campus and may be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Special Collections

Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Call (520) 621-5488 to make an appointment.

Special Collections materials do not circulate. Before using Special Collections materials, patrons must provide a picture ID, such as a driver's license or a University of Arizona CatCard.

Only one Special Collections item may be used at a time. The patron will use materials at a location designated by the issuing staff, generally in the Special Collections reading room, although other areas may be used if library staff feels it is necessary. Patrons may use a laptop or other mobile device to take notes when using Special Collections materials. If notes are to be taken on paper, pencil must be used.  Ink is not allowed near Special Collections materials. Food and drink are not allowed in the Special Collections reading room and are not allowed near the materials if being used in another room. 

Photocopying is available if it is determined that the process will not damage the materials. All photocopying will be done by staff, and the patron requiring photocopies will supply correct change or a copy card.

Certain Special Collections materials may not be available for use because of their rarity or physical condition. Staff will make every effort to direct researchers to other copies of the materials in the University Library system, or to other sources.