To check out materials from the Law Library or other libraries on campus, you will need to present your current U Card.
Other Law Libraries in the Twin Cities Metro Area:
Information on borrowing privileges at law school libraries in the Twin Cities (Mitchell Hamline and St. Thomas) and at the Minnesota State Law Library and metro area county law libraries is available in the document below.
Materials may be renewed online through "Your Account" on MNCAT.
Reserves collection materials may not be renewed. You must return them to the circulation desk after the three-hour loan period and ask to check the item out again.
To avoid fines, please renew your material on or before the due date. Renewals may be requested via:
We regret that books cannot be renewed if a recall or hold has been placed on the item.
Other Campus Library Resources
University of Minnesota Law Students are eligible to borrow materials from other on-campus libraries, as well as from coordinate campuses in Duluth, Morris, Crookston, and Rochester.
Please visit the University Libraries website for additional information on other campus library resources.
Get-It Book Delivery
Don't have time to walk across campus to get the book you need for a paper? Use the Get-It service!
Current students, faculty, and staff can request books from the University Libraries and have them delivered to the library of their choice.
Faculty and staff are eligible for on-campus office delivery.
Learn how to place a Get It request.
Get Digital Copies of Items Held at Libraries on Campus
The Law Library offers a digitization service for law students to request digitized copies of small portions of printed materials (articles, book chapters) held by the Law Library or other libraries on the Twin Cities campus. Requests will be filled within 1-10 days, but typically within 48 hours.
Please note the following exceptions:
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Services
Sometimes you will need a book that is not owned by the Law Library or University of Minnesota library system. In that case, you are encouraged to use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service!
To place an interlibrary loan request, please fill out the Law Library's Interlibrary Loan form: z.umn.edu/LawILL.
If you have any questions consult the ILL FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions About Interlibrary Loans or contact David Zopfi-Jordan at email@example.com or 612-625-9534.
Loan periods vary based on the type of item charged. Not all Law Library materials circulate. Please check at the circulation desk for details or consult our Loan Periods table.
Any book is subject to recall after two weeks if needed by another patron. If needed by a faculty member or for course reserve, it may be recalled immediately.
Overdue Materials and Fines Policy
While Law Library borrowers are expected to return materials on or before the due date, we understand that circumstances can sometimes make that difficult. The following overdue charges automatically accrue on patrons' accounts when materials are not returned by the due date. If you know that you will not be able to return something by the due date, please renew it before it becomes overdue. If you are not able to return or renew by the due date, or if materials are already overdue and you wish to discuss options, please contact the circulation desk at 612-625-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Monographs||$.50 per day|
|Periodicals or Reserve||$1.50 per hour|
|Study Room Key||$5.00 per hour|
|Building Access Card||$26.00 flat fee|
|Rush Recall & Recall fines:||Patron recall $1.00 per day
Reserve/Rush recall $5.00 per day
If you lose a Law Library item, please contact the circulation desk at 612-625-4300 or email@example.com. Our goal is to find the material and we will be happy to search our shelves or extend time for you to search your home or office. If the item is not found, we will generate a bill and will expect you to bear the cost of replacement. The replacement charge includes a processing fee which helps to offset the cost of ordering and cataloging the material.
A book is considered “lost” when there is no response to notices and the book becomes severely overdue. In such an instance, a bill will be issued for the replacement cost. If you should receive a bill and have the book in question, you may return it to avoid paying the replacement charges. Please direct all questions about Law Library charges to the circulation desk at 612-625-4300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recalling Checked Out or "Racked" Items
Books that are currently checked out can be recalled for use by another user. Patrons affiliated with the University of Minnesota can complete a recall request through MNCAT. When a book is recalled, a notice is sent to the person who currently has the book checked out. The notice indicates that the loan period for the book has been shortened and provides the new due date. When a recalled book is checked in at a campus library, a notice will automatically be sent to the person who recalled book that the item is now available for pick up. Failure to return a recalled book by its shortened due date may result in an overdue fine of $1.00 per day overdue.
Law Library items that are on temporary reserve for the use of Law School journals are termed "racked books." These books are checked out to Law School journals and are located in a specific location related to the organization, such as their office or a designated shelving area in the library. These books can be recalled if needed by another user. However, if a user needs only a couple pages copied out of a racked book, he or she can ask the circulation desk staff to retrieve the racked book to make the copies and then the staff can quickly return the racked book to the organization.
For assistance finding a racked book, please ask the circulation desk. Racked books are often noted in the library catalog as checked out with the note: "Racked--Ask at Circ Desk."
Please direct questions about recalling library materials or the racked items to the Access Services Librarian: email@example.com or call 612-625-4300.