Borrowing & Renewing Library Materials
Every USF student, faculty member, and staffperson with a current ID card may borrow materials from the Law Library.
Your USF ID card is your library card, and you must present it at the Circulation Desk in order to borrow materials. Law library circulation is automated, and the bar code on your ID encodes information essential to the check-out process. Patrons with new USF IDs need to have these IDs "activated" at the Circulation Desk before they may borrow materials.
Because the law library is a research library, some of the collection may be used only in the library. However, some materials do circulate. Ask at the Circulation Desk if you have a question about what you may borrow or the loan period for particular materials.
Non-faculty borrowers may check out most circulating items for up to thirty days. (Shorter periods sometimes apply.) You may renew material if another patron has not requested it. You may not renew overdue items until you pay any accrued charges.
Overdue charges are 50 cents per day per item. Charges for recalled items are $1 per day per item after 10 days. Charges for overdue reserve materials are 50 cents per hour per item. Replacement cost for lost or damaged items is $100, plus a per-item processing charge of $35 for in-print items, or $50 for out-of-print items. Students who fail to return materials or to pay charges may have library privileges (such as checkout & renewal) blocked and holds may be placed on their Bursar & Registrar accounts.
The following types of materials do not circulate: reporters, statutes and codes; administrative regulations; periodicals and law reviews; multi-volume sets; reserve books; reference books; form books; encyclopedias; looseleaf services; microforms; computer disks; any other items labeled "library use only," or having the status "lib. use only" in the online catalog.
The Reserve Book Room (RBR), located behind the Circulation Desk, contains materials that are for library use only. USF patrons may use these materials if they present a USF ID card, a valid law student ID from an ABA-accredited law school, or a California bar card. You can determine if a book that you need is located in the Reserve Book Room by reviewing the online catalog record for your book. If the location field states that the material is located in "LAW-RESERVE," you will need to ask for the item at the Circulation Desk.
The library has installed a book security system in order to ensure that materials are processed properly before they leave the library. The library reserves the right to inspect handbags, backpacks, briefcases and all other carry-in items.
Renew Books Online
Patrons may renew law library materials online by accessing their online patron record.