Requirements for a Borrowing Account with the McKusick Law Library
Only registered attorneys in the State of South Dakota may establish a borrowing account with the Law Library. Loan privileges may also be extended to attorneys in Northwest Iowa, Southwest Minnesota and Northeast Nebraska at the discretion of the Director of the Law Library. Members of the public and non-attorney alumni are welcome to use the library's print resources on-site within the Law Library.
How Do I Create an Attorney Borrowing Account?
If you desire to establish an attorney borrowing account, we strongly recommend that you do so in person during our normal hours of operation. In special circumstances (such as geographical distance or time-sensitive matters) we can work with you to establish your borrowing account by collecting the necessary information over the phone or by email. Please contact us at (605)677-3930 if you have questions about setting up a borrowing account.
Does the USD Law Library Assess Fines?
The USD Law Library currently does not assess fines. However, we encourage you to return materials on time in order to maintain in good standing with the library. The Director of the Law Library may elect to send a certified letter advising the borrower that failure to return materials after written request is theft in accordance with South Dakota Codified Laws.
Checking Out Materials
Many of the items in the library do not circulate, i.e. they may not be checked out of the library by attorneys. For example, items in the REFERENCE and RESERVE collection may only be used within the library, along with most of the first-floor materials, including bound periodicals, state and federal primary materials, and legal encyclopedias. In general, only materials in the LOWER LEVEL - CIRCULATING COLLECTION are available for check out. These materials check out for an initial four-week period.
Items can be checked out in person at the Circulation Desk, by emailing LLibrary@usd.edu or by calling the Circulation Desk at 605-677-3930.
If you call or email, please describe the item thoroughly and include your name, current mailing address, and current phone number. At your expense, materials will be mailed to you by U.S. mail, library rate. If you want quicker delivery, you must provide your practice or personal UPS or FedEx account information so that the Law Library is able to forward the requested resource(s).
Circulating materials can be renewed for an additional 4 week loan period. Attorneys should either renew the items in person, or call or email the Law Library with the title and author or barcode information for the item(s) to be renewed.
The Law Library reserves the right to deny a request for renewal when materials are needed by other patrons.