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Study Policy

Currently enrolled USF Law students and authorized USF Law alumni may study in Zief Law Library so long as they comply with this policy and all other USF policies and procedures. Please check the library hours page for our current hours. To study in the law library, you must complete the following steps:
  • Complete the Dons Health Check on the day of your library visit (it’s advisable to complete the health check no earlier than 6 am on the day of your visit).
  • Carry your student ID (mobile or physical version) with you at all times while on campus. When you arrive at the law library, you will need to tap into the building using your student ID following successful completion of the Dons Health Check. You may not bring any visitors to the law library.

Please review USF’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan, including but not limited to the section on social distancing & face coverings and common spaces. The following rules apply to studying in the law library:

  • In accordance with CDC guidelines, USF now requires that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear face coverings indoors, for the foreseeable future.
  • You must comply with USF staff instructions while using the library. We expect that you will follow USF’s health and safety policies to protect yourself and the USF community. Note that failure to follow these policies may result in a referral to the student conduct process and/or jeopardize your ability to use the library.

Research services will remain virtual. If you need research support, contact the research librarians’ live chat service.

Noise Policy

The Zief Law Library seeks to provide space for quiet study for our patrons. As our cell phone policy states below, audible cell phone use is not permitted in any areas of the library. The law library fulfills many functions for patrons with diverse needs. Everyone has their own preferences for studying. In order to accommodate these differing needs, we have designated silent, quiet, and conversation areas within the law library.

Club '59 on the second floor is designated as a silent study space. No conversation or headphone use that is audible to others is permitted in this space. You may use a laptop in Club ''59 so long as your laptop use is confined to typing (no audible videos or music).

The rest of the second floor, including the soft seating area outside of Club '59 and the Terrace Room, is designated as a quiet study space. The second floor's quiet study spaces are intended for use by students who wish to study on their own quietly. Talking or whispering with others is discouraged in these spaces.

The law library's main floor and lower floor are designated as conversation spaces because the library's main floor service desks and patron research consultations will unavoidably generate some noise. We encourage patrons to use the soft seating area on the main floor as a space for collaboration, conversation, and group work.

The library's lower floor houses three classrooms, the Academic Support Program, ABES faculty, Moot Court offices, and LRWA faculty. Because consultations with faculty and group meetings are common on this floor, it is also designated as a conversation space.

Cellphone Policy

All patrons must set their phones to "silent" or "vibrate" when entering the library in order to avoid disturbing other library patrons. All cell phone calls must be received and transmitted outside of the Zief Law Library building. 

Reshelving Policy

Library staff will collect and reshelve all books after in-library patron use. When patrons have finished using print materials, they should leave these items on shelving carts or study tables for staff collection and reshelving. Please place fiche in the holders on top of the fiche cabinets after you are finished.

Smoking, Alcohol & Drug Policy

The law library adheres to USF's Smoking Control Policy and Loading....

Service Animal Policy

USF is committed to compliance with state and federal laws regarding individuals with disabilities. Student Disability Services (SDS) is committed to supporting students who require a service animal. The following is a guide for students who request the presence of a service animal on campus.

What is a service animal? A service animal is a dog (or in some cases a miniature horse) that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.

The work or task that the service animal performs must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples include assisting individuals with low vision and alerting individuals who are hearing impaired. Service animals may also be needed to pull a wheelchair, retrieve items such as medicine or a telephone, recognize and assist during seizures, and prevent or interrupt compulsive or destructive behavior.

Animals whose presence provide emotional support, companionship or comfort but are not individually trained to do work or tasks in response to an individual's disability are not considered service animals. See USF's policy on Assistance Animals, if you feel you have a disability and believe you require an assistance animal for emotional support or comfort.

Service animals are exempted from the University’s policy of no animals on campus and are allowed in all places of public accommodation. This includes campus buildings, residence halls, and anywhere on campus they are needed to assist an individual with a disability to participate in educational programs and other campus activities.

Service animals must be under effective control at all times and cannot harm or threaten others in the campus community; including faculty, staff, students and guests. Consistent with federal and state law, a service animal may be prohibited from university facilities or programs if the animal’s behavior or presence poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. The animal may also be excluded from areas where its presence fundamentally alters the nature of a program or activity, if the animal is disruptive, if its presence would result in substantial physical damage to the property of others, or if it substantially interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of housing or public accommodation by others. Service animals must be housebroken and cleaned up after. Animals may only relieve themselves in designated areas as defined by Facilities Management.

Students who are approved to have a service animal on campus are strongly encouraged to register with SDS.