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Last Updated: Aug 28, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Cell Phone Policy

If cell phones are brought into the Law Library, please ensure that they are set to vibrate or that the ringer is set on quiet, so as not to disturb other patrons.  All cell phone conversations should be moved to the main lobby. Please note that the telephone at the Circulation/Reference Desk is designated for library business only. Please ask if you need directions to a public phone.


Use of Study Carrels/Study Rooms

Each study carrel is assigned to an individual USD law student.  Please respect the students' personal property and privacy.  Study rooms are also for law student use only.  Members of the public are encouraged to use the other tables located throughout the library.


Food and Drink Policy

Food and drink are not prohibited in the Law Library.  However, we ask that you adhere to the following general guidelines:

  • Please use covered beverage containers, whenever possible
  • Please limit food items to small snacks that can be consumed discreetly
  • Please tidy your area and dispose of all trash in trash containers

Public Access Computers

Attorneys, alumni, and members of the public may use the two public access computers located in the Reference area on the first floor of the library.  Information on how to log on to the computers as a guest user is available on a reference sheet next to the computers.  Each of the public access computers allows access to the Internet, including the library's online catalog, as well as many of the electronic resources that are subscribed to by the Library.  For more information on using the Library's online databases, jump to the page in this guide titled Using Our Online Databases On Site.  Please ask a librarian at the Circulation or Reference Desk if you have any questions. There is no formal process for reserving the computers and use of the computers is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please be respectful if another patron is waiting to use a computer.  The library staff reserves the right to monitor and regulate appropriate usage of the public access computers.     


Shelving of Books

If you are returning a book that you have checked out, please return the item to the Circulation Desk.  If you are using a book within the library, please do not re-shelve the item yourself.  Please leave items on the red book carts located along the walls of the Law Library, and they will be re-shelved by the library staff. There is an Afterhours Drop Box located near the Circulation Desk.


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